Youth Consumer Advisor (0.4 FTE) - Werry Workforce Whāraurau for Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Job Number: 
Werry Workforce Wharaurau
Work Type: 
Part Time
Closing Date: 
Friday, 27 July 2018

Overview of UniServices

Auckland UniServices Limited is the knowledge transfer company of the University of Auckland - dedicated to connecting the University’s capabilities to business and investors, Government and the community.

In just 25 years UniServices has grown to produce revenue of over NZ$100 million per annum, making us a leader in New Zealand and Australia. Our revenue derives from contract research and consulting to the public and private sectors, customised education programmes for national and international students and commercialisation of intellectual property developed at the University with leading companies around the world.

UniServices has two international subsidiaries and operates in more than 30 countries, with over 500 employees of our own and access to many more academic staff from the University of Auckland. The work of UniServices supports the leadership position of the University of Auckland, and allows the University to expand and enhance its capabilities in commercial and basic research.

Werry Workforce Whāraurau (Auckland UniServices Ltd) is contracted by the Ministry of Health to undertake workforce development within the Infant child and adolescent mental health and addictions sector.

The Werry Workforce Whāraurau programme works nationally with community, primary and specialist sectors to progress the following five  workforce development goals:

  • Research and Evaluation
  • Training & Development
  • Organisational Development
  • Retention & Recruitment
  • Workforce Development Infrastructure

You will have the opportunity to work across several projects to make them youth friendly.

In the role you can expect to participate on panels to effect policy, advocate nationally/internationally, host events, support others in their advocacy work, and design youth friendly resources.

Primary Objective of the Position

To ensure that the youth consumer perspective is acknowledged and taken into account in all workforce development initiatives undertaken by Werry Workforce Whāraurau.

  • To provide a youth consumer perspective to the Werry Workforce Whāraurau team.
  • To encourage and support youth consumer participation in youth mental health and addiction services in New Zealand.
  • To coordinate innovative initiatives promoting youth mental health/AoD awareness.

Relationships with

  • All aspects of the Werry Workforce Whāraurau team
  • External groups nationally including:
  • DHB and NGO Youth Consumer Advisors and consumer groups
  • Young people with lived mental health experience 
  • Youth Peer Support workers
  • Staff at Mental Health and Alcohol & Other Drug services Family / Whanau Advisors in NGOs and DHBs
  • Other Workforce Programmes
  • Mental Health Commission
  • Other organisations that have a stake in the wellbeing of young people  

Financial Responsibility





- Tertiary qualification or post secondary training/experience

Experience and personal qualitites


- Personal experience of mental health issues and is a current or past user of a CAMH or AOD service in New Zealand.
- Can appropriately apply own experience to this role.
- Understands the applicability of the Treaty of Waitangi to this work.
- Feels that they can relate to young people (under 25)


- Is able to use Microsoft Word, Outlook and Powerpoint.
- Has knowledge of the mental health sector/system.
- Has an awareness and some understanding of various documents such as the Mental Health Sector Standards, and concepts such as recovery,    resiliency etc.
- Has experience setting project plans, getting guests involved and working as a team.
- Good communication skills
- Experience in presentations and report writing.
- Understanding of issues Māori and Pacific youth consumers face.

Personal Attributes


- Demonstrates good communication skills.
- Can work individually and in a team environment.
- Is respectful of cultural and other differences.
- Is assertive when necessary and appropriate.
- Is understanding and empathic.
- Can be open-minded and flexible.
- Is passionate about working with the mental health workforce for better outcomes


- Demonstrated relationship and networking skills.
- Displays initiative.


Applications have been extended until the 27th of July!
Apply here or contact for more information.