Youth Consumer Advisor

Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

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Putting people at the heart of all we do 

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do. Because health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

Do you want to influence how services are delivered to children and young people experiencing mental illness?

Have you personally used a child or adolescent mental health service in the last few years?

The Specialist Mental Health Services’ Child, Adolescent and Family Service (CAF) is looking for a Youth Consumer Advisor to work 20 hours a week. You will offer advice to staff and management on service delivery, policies and procedures, from the perspective of young people who use those services. The Service is based at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Cashmere and you will work both there and within other CAF units at Hillmorton Hospital and in the city.  You will work closely with the CAF Family/Whanau Advisor and the Consumer Advisory Team.

You will

  • have recent personal experience of using child and/or adolescent mental health services

  • be able to develop links to relevant service user groups and networks

  • have good communication skills and be able to relate equally well to mental health staff, managers, young service users and their families

  • be able to develop ideas and projects that encourage young people to have a say in mental health services that affect them and their families

Belonging Here: Becoming Part of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star!

If this particular role isn’t for you, we do have other similar opportunities - please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact


Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 

Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 235261

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Sunday, 20 January 2019