Clinical Psychologist – Ashburton Adult Community Team

  • 0.8 FTE position available based at Ashburton Hospital Campus (0.4 FTE permanent and 0.4FTE fixed term until August 2023.
  • Gain valuable experience working as a clinical psychologist in an experienced team of healthcare professionals
  • New graduates welcome to apply, NZ registration in the clinical scope of practice is essential

Mō te tūnga - About the Role

The Adult Community Mental Health Service provides treatment for people aged 18-65 years who suffer from a wide range of mental disorders. We currently have an opportunity for a NZ Registered Clinical Psychologist to provide assessment and treatment interventions for patients of the Ashburton Adult Community Service based at Ashburton Hospital campus. Our community services cover the areas from the Rakaia River to the Rangitata River so travel may be required.

You’ll work within a small rural multi-disciplinary team, primarily working alongside our team of case managers including Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses and Psychiatrists. The days and hours associated with this position are to be negotiated with the successful candidate.

If you are a Christchurch resident, we do have a car that travels to and from Christchurch to Ashburton each day.

Ko wai koe | About You

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Delivering comprehensive assessment and support to clients and their families/whanau;
  • Providing Clinical Psychology interventions for adult clients experiencing serious mental health concerns;
  •  You will be an active participant in our multidisciplinary team, working closely with referrers and colleagues from other agencies.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako - Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of a Diploma in Clinical Psychology (or overseas equivalent), and Registration in the Clinical Scope of Practice with the NZ Psychologists’ Board;
  • Previous working experience in Adult Mental Health is advantageous; however, not essential – we would welcome new graduates to apply.
  • A foundation of sound Cognitive Behaviour Therapy skills is desirable. Additional competencies in other evidence-based treatments will be an advantage;
  • An understanding of the mental health needs of a rural health community;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and organisational skills are vital to work as part of the wider multidisciplinary team;
  • As some travel is required, a full NZ driver's license is also desirable.

This is a 0.8 FTE, fixed term position for 6 months then there is an opportunity for a 0.4 position to be a permanent part time position.

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 here

For additional information about this role please contact Jenny Bailey, Recruitment Partner on

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/Part Time, Fixed Term/Contract/Part Time

Job no: PC2121223R5

Location: Ashburton

Closing Date: Apply Now!