Mental Health Clinician - Maternal Mental Health MASTERTON

Location: Masterton, Wairarapa

Contract: Permanent, Part time 16 hours/week

Service: Specialist Maternal Mental Health


About the role:

The purpose of this role is to facilitate and develop working relationships with other services involved with the care of women in the perinatal period across the continuum of care including primary care services, community mental health and addiction services and the maternity care sector, provide Specialist mental health assessments with a perinatal focus, joint work, consult-liaison and training/education with other identified services to build confidence and competence in these services.

You will understand that:

  • The mother-infant dyad is the principal focus of care within an acute response that supports wellbeing through a managed plan of care; but this needs to be considered in the context of the wider family/whānau.
  • Utilising strength-based approaches will meet the needs of the mother, the infant and the mother-infant relationship in treatment planning.
  • Recovery principles underlie an acute response and that engaging services across the continuum of care appropriately will enable a wrap-around response to be provided. Ideally, clients will be supported to remain at home.

Duties (include)

  • Work alongside both the Primary Health care team and Community Mental Health and Addictions Service in order to support continuity of care for the women. Direct care, co-work and consult liaison will be offered as appropriate.
  • Work alongside a range of other service providers in order to support continuity of care for the women. Direct care, co-work and consult liaison will be offered as is appropriate.
  • Develop co working relationships with Kaupapa services in order to best meet Maori women’s needs. A Whānau Ora approach requires an emphasis on interventions and support that promote attachment within a wider whānau context.
  • Liaise with the SMMHS - Central Regional Education coordinator about the provision of training and support to service providers in the perinatal area.
  • Complete a comprehensive mental health assessment within the context of the perinatal period and to make effective decisions that support women’s wellbeing.


Skills & experience

  • Extensive knowledge of and experience working with acute mental health presentations. Ideally, at least five years of mental health practice with a range of relevant experience.
  • New Zealand Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with current APC
  • Proven ability to establish rapport and utilise therapeutic approaches that support and enhance the womens recovery from an acute deterioration in mental state.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and make critical decisions appropriately within the given frameworks (philosophical and functional) with confidence.
  • Proven and successful demonstration of collaboration with other services in order to coordinate a coherent treatment plan and process for clients.
  • Proven ability to communicate well in MDT environments and other service settings.
  • Ability to manage time effectively through providing specialist assessment and advice as opposed to direct care wherever possible.
  • Ability to identify common acute presentations including mood disorder, trauma, adjustment and related issues.
  • Understand varied aspects of a consultation-liaison role in order to provide the appropriate balance of direct care, co-work or training that will effectively support the best level of intervention and care required.

About the organisation:

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu. 

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. 

Here at CCDHB we embrace diversity and welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

CCDHB is a pro-equity Health Organisation, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific Peoples.

CCDHB provides a range of specialist services including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care and community-based services including district nursing, rehabilitation services, social work, alcohol and drug services, and home support services to a population of around 900,000 people.

How to apply:

Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. 

Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email


Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed

Permanent/Part Time

Job no: AHMH50-20

Location: Wairarapa

Closing Date: Sunday, 12 July 2020