Clinical Nurse Specialist – Forensic Mental Health Services (Dunedin, Otago)

Southern District Health Board

  • Full Time

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Forensic Mental Health Services

Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services  

Wakari Hospital

Salary $112,660 – $123,955 p.a prorata

  • Permanent opportunity
  • Full-time position (40 hours per week)       


Are you looking for the next challenge in your mental health nursing career?

We are looking for a Clinical Nurse Specialist to join our forensic team in Ward 9A.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

This role will initiate and facilitate Mental Health Service Educational requirements for all staff and to provide educational support for other healthcare providers.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist in this role will not only develop and deliver mandatory training to the MHAIDs workforce but will also review the training needs of the workforce and develop new trainings or facilitate training with other agencies as required. 

The role will model specialist mental health nursing care based on substantial theoretical knowledge in a mental health setting and work with nursing staff to continually develop practice. You will also be involved in maintaining the ongoing development of the MHAID workforce clinical skills.


See position description.


Mōu ake | About you

In addition to your nursing qualifications, you will also have post graduate qualifications (relevant to mental health), at a minimum a diploma, but preferably a master’s degree.  

We are looking for a positive and confident registered nurse who has the drive and enthusiasm to motivate staff and engage them in their clinical development; you will be a respected professional in your own right, and an exceptional team member with strong communication skills.

You will have support and networking with other Clinical Nurse Specialists working within Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services across Te Whatu Ora, New Zealand Health – Southern.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have or be working towards Level 4 PDRP
  • Registered Nurse with an APC and a scope to work in Mental Health
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Intermediate/advanced computer skills

Painga | Benefits

  • Continuous support for career development
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation and a range of retail & entertainment discounts
  • Affordable housing – you can still achieve your lifestyle dreams


Mō mātou | About us

Te Whatu Ora – Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Join Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora as we embark on a historic collaboration to transform healthcare for all whānau across Aotearoa, New Zealand. Together, we're passionate about creating a modern, integrated health system that honours the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and prioritises health equity for Māori, whānau, and every community. Be part of this journey and contribute to a brighter, healthier future for all generations to come.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the Te Whatu Ora and NZNO Collective Agreement Senior Nurses Scale Grade and falls between the Step 1 ($112,660 p.a) and Step 3 ($123,955 p.a prorata)


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  26 February 2024

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

For further information please contact Mikayla Hamilton, Recruitment Advisor,

If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand – Southern , please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination is expected for all Workers at higher risk of workplace exposure to COVID-19 through face-to-face patient interaction, working in clinical areas and contact with potentially infectious materials and surfaces.

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