Registered Nurse - Specialist Addiction Services
Southern Health
3d ago

Registered Nurse Specialist Addiction Services - Wakari Hospital


  • Permanent, fulltime (1.0 FTE, 40 hours per week)
  • Great lifestyle at your doorstep
  • Do you have a positive / can do outlook, a genuine interest and previous experience working with clients with substance use issues?

    Then come and join our collaborative and friendly team at the Specialist Addiction Service (SAS), based in Dunedin.

    About the Role

    As part of this dedicated team you’ll have your own case load of clients on Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) meaning your days will be busy and varied.

    OST Case Management will be the primary workload of this role. There will also be opportunities to support mental health liaison with the teams and to support client pathways from mental health forwards through our service and provide some 1-1 assessment and counselling for clients with other substance use problems.

    You’ll have regular contact with other DHB Health Services, and NGO’s, so you must be an excellent communicator who is adept at interacting with your clients, colleagues and external organisations, always striving to ensure the best results, with a holistic wrap around approach.

    About You

    You will bring to this role a solid understanding of addiction issues and experience in working with clients with co-existing-problems (CEP) and you’ll be able to demonstrate strength in screening, assessment, brief intervention, and clear decision making skills.

    Desirable skills and experience relate to mental health and physical health assessment. Whilst experience in this setting is desirable, consideration will be given to Nurses who have an interest in the area of specialist addictions and we would support post graduate study.

    You’ll be an innovative thinker who can look for the opportunities to further develop the role. So if the prospect of working with other dedicated clinicians excites you, and you’re a real team player, happy to use your initiative and embrace change, then apply now!

    You will be a Registered Nurse with a current APC that allows you to practice in Mental Health. It is desirable that you hold relevant post graduate qualifications.

    If this is a role in which you think you would shine apply now!

    The Location

    The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, outstanding recreational opportunities with most pursuits just a short drive away.

    Whether it’s surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art there’s literally something for everyone.

    Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

    About the Southern DHB

    Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

    We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 350,000 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.

    This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.

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