Youth Consumer Advisor – Mental Health
Wakari Hospital, Dunedin
- Permanent - 0.5 FTE (20 hrs per week)
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.
About the opportunity
Here at Southern DHB we want to ensure our consumers are heard, so we can continue to review and develop the Mental Health Services. To help us do this our Youth Consumer Advisor aims to develop and co-ordinate effective links and networks with relevant consumers (young people up to 24 years of age), community groups and organisations. We now have a vacancy for a part time (20 hours/week), permanent Youth Consumer Advisor based in Dunedin to join our team.
You’ll strive to develop a strong and active consumer voice for young people in the district and support the ongoing development of the Consumer and Family Advisory Group across the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Directorate. You’ll provide feedback to the mental health provider arm management team and clinicians and actively encourage consumer involvement in planning and projects in the provider arm. You’ll also support Southern DHB and the community to become more aware of the issues facing young Mental Health consumers.
To be considered for this position you will need to be a confident communicator with strong verbal and written skills. Have an ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with a variety of people, work well in a team environment and be able to prioritise and organize your work. In addition, you need to be able to cope under pressure and while having the drive and commitment to make a difference and to be able to provide excellent service and to relate to our consumers, it would be advantageous if you have had recent experience being a client of mental health services and computer literacy.
It is essential that you have a current, full drivers licence.
The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing 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 www.southernhealthcareers.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.
Closing Date: Sunday 09 February, 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 [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.