Registered Nurses - Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services

Registered Nurses - Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services

Join our team as we deliver specialist Mental Health services to the Otago and Southland communities

Fantastic opportunities available for Registered Nurses with a Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Specialty


Why Mental Health at Southern DHB?

  • The Southern District Health Board's Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service is delivered from a number of sites across a large geographical area (the size of Scotland!) spread across the lower half of the South Island, New Zealand.
  • The services are delivered from two main urban centres, supported by a number of rural bases - which are closely interconnected to maximise a seamless service over a vast geographical area.
  • Services consist of the full range of options that may suit your specialty - such as Intensive Care, Acute, Clinical Rehab, Mental Health for Older People, Forensic and Intellectual Disability Inpatient services.
  • There are a range of community mental health teams, emergency psychiatric, early intervention psychosis, child and youth - all of which contribute to a comprehensive service available to the community it serves.




Southern New Zealand… The catchment area of the Southern DHB covers a range of exciting and different opportunities. If you are looking for excellent educational opportunities, both the two main centres have a range of quality schools and tertiary opportunities to suit most people and their family’s needs. This along with a wide range of recreational possibilities all within relatively easy reach enable a well-balanced lifestyle.  Moving about in both Dunedin and Invercargill is relatively uncomplicated, compared with larger cities where traffic challenges (not to mention parking) are a constant frustration.



What about the team?

  • We are commencing the delivery of a strategy that will outline the direction and shape of how services are delivered in the future – an exciting time to join our team.
  • Our service provides opportunities for those that want to excel in their professional development with opportunities for both career advancement and further education.
  • The service is big enough to sustain development, but also of a size where one can get to know their team and wider Directorate colleagues in a friendly and supportive environment.
  • In terms of Professional Development, there are career pathway opportunities available within a collegial and supportive working environment.


Still need some convincing?   Here’s what members of our current team have to say about it all:

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"We believe Dunedin is an amazing place to raise our family. The kids can be swimming at one of Dunedin’s many beaches a few minutes from home and within 3 hours drive you can be on Central Otago’s ski fields - surf to ski in one day. My husband and I are now both Charge Nurse Managers within the mental health service and we have managed to achieve a healthy work life balance so that we are able to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and this beautiful country we have come to think of as home."

            -Lesley, Charge Nurse Manager

"We moved here from the UK with our young family looking for a better lifestyle and a new experiences for our children – and we have not been disappointed.  The kids have had amazing opportunities both in terms of the world class quality of the education from kindergarten through to Tertiary level, but also in the after school activities and a more relaxed way of life."

-Mark, Nurse Practitioner

“The mental health service has provided fantastic professional development support which has enabled me to complete my masters in nursing.  As well as professional development opportunities, there are plenty of career development opportunities across the service.  The Mental Health service is fortunate to have a friendly working environment with excellent colleagues who value the importance of a quality health care experience for consumers and families.

-Mel, Nurse Educator

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Questions? Get in touch!

Caroline Godfrey - Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Directorate

Phone - (+64) 03 214 5769  - Email -