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Position Title: Registered Nurses – Prison Liaison Nurse (Wakari Hospital)
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): Permanent Full time (40hours/per week)
Date Posted: 16/03/2020
Application Closing Date: 05/04/2020 11PM
Job #: 060927
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Registered Nurses – Prison Liaison Nurse

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Rare and exciting opportunity
  • Permanent 1.0 FTE – 40 hours per week
  • No long commute, no traffic jams, free onsite parking……it all starts here…. 


About the team

Community Forensic Team based at Wakari Hospital comprises of a MDT that provides mental health services to the local prisons, district courts and a small community caseload.


The Role / About You

The role comprises working with people with a known or suspected mental health illness referred from a prison setting for assessment and/or treatment. The role includes working with patients in the community and providing a liaison service to other Mental Health Services, the Courts and Correction Services. You will actively contribute as a functional and committed member of the multi-disciplinary team.

We are looking for an experienced Mental Health or Comprehensive Registered Nurse to join our supportive multidisciplinary team.  Ideally you have experience working in a forensic setting. You will be an enthusiastic Registered Nurse with a range of skills and the ability to work effectively with a large team to a high standard of practice.  To be successful in this role you must be positive with exceptional communication skills, you will also have a passion for supporting people with mental illness.

If you want to make a difference, possess a positive attitude, a strong sense of self-awareness and personal resilience and relish working in an autonomous role then we encourage you to apply.


The Location

If you’re not from Dunedin then perhaps you don’t know just how good we have it here? With excellent amenities, schooling – primary through to Otago University, recreation, great food and wine, outstanding nature, and an amazing variety of climates and locations from coastal to mountain.  Some people call it the ends of the earth, but we think it’s ‘the last best place’, so at the top of our list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB is ‘the lifestyle’.

Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.  If you are from Dunedin then we simply don’t need to sell it to you, you already know why you’re here.  

If this sounds like the change you are looking for enquire further.  You must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse, with a current APC and mental health sector experience.  We provide an excellent orientation to our positions and will happily support your ongoing professional development needs. 

So, if you want to make a difference and hold a positive attitude to your work and others, and you’re ready to experience all the wonderful side benefits of living and working in Dunedin (if you don’t already) then we encourage you to apply.


About Us

As a DHB, we are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City.


Closing Date: Sunday 05 April, 2020. Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time.

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID), Phone (03) 214 5769 or Email


Children’s Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.

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