Psychologist - Whaikaha (Mental Health)

  • Permanent position 40 hours per week (1.0 FTE). 
  • Able to work well both autonomously and part of a cohesive multidisciplinary team.
  • Registration as a Psychologist with a current APC.
  • Primarily based in Whaikaha Secure ID Unit, however there will be opportunities to work across Intellectually Disabled Persons Health (IDPH) and Forensic Mental Health Services.

Mō te tūnga - About the Role

Thank you for your interest in joining our amazing team of nurses and allied health professionals working in our Forensic Intellectual Disability Inpatient Service located in Christchurch, New Zealand. With an array of mountains, lakes, beaches and wilderness nearby, Christchurch is a great base for exploring the outdoors as well as offering some great choices when it comes to restaurants and shopping in the city.

Our service enables our staff to make a real difference in the lives of people across the South Island. The work is fast paced, varied and valued – a combination that is sure to guarantee job satisfaction.

The Whaikaha Unit is a 4-bed in-patient clinical unit within Te Whatu Ora that is part of Specialist Mental Health Services at Hillmorton Hospital. It provides specific clinical assessment and treatment for our consumers. Our service provides specialised regional services for consumers with an intellectual disability (ID) who present with challenging behaviour and if subject to the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act (IDCC& R Act 2003) will have forensic considerations in their support plans.  Psychology Services support across all the intellectual disability services is an integral part of this role and will provide a wider understanding of the whole service.

Our staff are the key to our success in delivering quality services for our consumers. We welcome applications from Psychologists with experience working with ID consumers and in Mental health and/or forensic services as well as Psychologists who are interested in a career in Intellectual Disability.

Now is a particularly exciting time to join our service as we are developing a model of care and building a new high care area onto our current facilities. We are committed to becoming a centre for excellence for ID services.

Ko wai koe | About You

We aim to be a leader in New Zealand for the delivery of intellectual disability inpatient services. We have career opportunities for applicants keen to work in an innovative and best practice environment.

In our service, you will play a number of important functions. As a psychologist, your professional expertise will be put to use to guide thorough risk assessments, diagnoses, and critically deliver individual and group therapy to an intricate but fascinating group of adult patients.

Your professionalism and dedication to providing high-quality patient care will ensure your success in this role, and your communication and time management skills will enable you to function well as a member of the larger multidisciplinary team.

You must be a clinical psychologist who is licensed in New Zealand. For positions in either field, recent relevant experience in a mental health context is crucial, and expertise in intellectual disability is essential for positions in that field.

Mō mātou | About Us

“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.

Here in Waitaha, Canterbury we deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles by ensuring our partnership with Māori are at the forefront of all our conversations.

Ngā hua | Benefits of working at Te Whatu Ora [Health New Zealand]

When you work at the Te Whatu Ora, you are part of a wider whānau that will support you along your journey. We offer great coaching, mentoring and learning outcomes for all staff. We are always improving our facilities across all campuses and have amazing discounts from select retailers, restaurants and business.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted, therefore apply directly on our career site hereContact us on for additional information. You can also contact the Acting Charge Nurse Manager, Shiv on 021583452.

We have a range of clinical and non-clinical roles at Health New Zealand, there could be a place for you!

Please visit our careers website for other roles and find your ideal fit within Health New Zealand.

The Future of the Health Industry

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19.  It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. As a person working in the health and disability sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom may be vulnerable.  Without a vaccine, there is the risk that you may contract Covid-19.  The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and also to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19 as a result of you contracting it in the course of your employment.

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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: PC2397129

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Apply Now!