Registered Nurse – Youth Specialty Service (YSS)

Job Number: 
Southern DHB
Work Type: 
Part Time
Closing Date: 
Friday, 12 March 2021

Registered Nurse – Youth Specialty Service (YSS)

Dunedin (CBD)

  • Want to continue your great work supporting youth and their families?
  • Experience working with youth and addictions or interested in this field? 
  • Permanent, part time 0.8 FTE (32 hours per week)

Do you have a positive / ‘can do’ outlook; a genuine interest with substance use issues? 

About the Team
The Southern District Health Board Youth Specialty Service’s (YSS) is a specialised out-patient service providing comprehensive assessment and treatment for young persons in the Otago area. Attached is a service called Rapio which is a day programme providing assessment and treatment for youth requiring support to return to main stream schooling.

About the Role / About You 
This role will see you delivering the AOD component for the Youth Speciality Service in Otago within a supportive team. You’ll provide advice on CEP to other staff and work closely with NGO services.  

You will bring to this role an understanding of addiction issues and experience working with youth with co-existing problems (CEP). Desirable skills and experience relate to mental health and physical health assessment.

In managing your own caseload you will have a sound knowledge of appropriate youth focussed mental health interventions and provide specialised assessment and treatment, with a strong emphasis on family inclusion and family therapy for youth (14-18 years), experiencing substance use issues and moderate to severe mental health difficulties. 

You bring to this role flexibility and commitment to delivering excellence to youth and their family in an age appropriate and culturally appropriate manner, liaise effectively in partnership with community agencies to support the youth’s health and wellbeing. We provide good orientation to the position and will support your ongoing professional development needs. Training will be provided to upskill in the area of AOD if required.  

If you enjoy working as an integral member of a youth focussed multidisciplinary team and have experience working with youth and their family, you shouldn’t let this opportunity pass you by.

To be considered for this position you must have relevant mental health experience and hold current registration and an annual practising certificate as a Registered Nurse, with a scope that allows you to work in Mental Health.

The Location 
Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is 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. It’s a great place with a great lifestyle! 

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

Closing Date: Friday, 12 March 2021 

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, phone (03) 214 5769 or email [email protected]

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. 

How to Apply  
To apply for this position please click on the 'Apply Online' button and follow the instructions provided.
If you have any questions regarding this position please contact the Recruitment Advisor using the contact details given above.

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