Forensic Psychiatrist | Part time or Full Time

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Mō mātou | About us & our Purpose

“Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi - Putting people at the heart of all we do”

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand, leads the day-to-day running of our health system across New Zealand, with functions delivered at local, district, regional, and national levels. It weaves the functions of the 20 former District Health Boards into its regional divisions and district offices, ensuring continuity of services in the health system.

The Team

The Canterbury Regional Forensic Mental Health Service provides forensic mental health services to a population of approximately 700,000 within the South Island of New Zealand. A full range of forensic treatment settings are available, including medium secure and rehabilitation inpatient facilities based at Hillmorton Hospital and within the wider community, alongside the Courts, Probation, Department of Corrections, and Outreach Services.

Our Regional Forensic Service provides consultation and liaison to Nelson, Marlborough, the West Coast, and South Canterbury. Two secure units and one open rehabilitation unit provide 35 inpatient beds. The Service works closely with a community-based service which is funded to provide a high level of clinical input and support for people as they transition to the wider community.

Positive Employee Feedback

One of our locum consultants recently shared their positive experience: “I finish here tomorrow after 3 months working in the Forensic Service. The service is well-resourced with very capable multi-disciplinary teams who work hard to support our clientele and each other. Because of the level of resourcing, the risks are well-mitigated which makes it a safe place to work. Even working for just a few months, I find that psychiatrist input is very much appreciated by the teams. There are now good Health Learn resources to help a non-forensic psychiatrist get started and the teams were very helpful at getting me up to speed as well.”

The Role

We currently have a full-time, permanent role for a Forensic Psychiatrist. You’ll be working in a multidisciplinary context with five other Forensic Psychiatrists, providing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in a hospital and outpatient setting, the wider community, the Court, and Corrections. We would consider candidates that are looking for Part-Time hours as well.

Previous forensic experience is valued but not essential. This is a great opportunity to consider a career in Forensic Psychiatry in a supportive environment with supervision in relation to any new areas of practice, including Court work and Legal Issues.

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here

Being part of the Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand, our people enjoy access to flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand believes that diversity and inclusion are key to ensuring we deliver the best care for our diverse population. As an organisation, we are an inclusive and equal-opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills & Experience

To be considered for this role, you will need to be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. To find out more, please follow this link Medical Council of New Zealand Registration.

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Amy Walker – Recruitment Specialist.


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Permanent, Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 2430265

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Apply Now!