AOD/Co-existing Disorder Clinician - Nga Taiohi

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Location:  Porirua, Wellington

Contract:  Permanent Full Time

Service:    Nga Taiohi - Youth Forensic Inpatient Team

Please note - we will be reviewing applications as they are received & this role may close earlier.


About the role:

We are looking for an innovative and committed Co-existing Disorder Clinician to join the new national secure youth forensic inpatient team. You will be required to work in the MDT providing forensic medium-secure services within a framework of clinical governance. The Co-existing Disorder Clinician will offer specialised assessment and treatment for youth offenders with mental health and addiction problems thereby seeking to reduce the distress associated with these problems and their behavioural consequences, with reduction of risk of harm to others.

We are a progressive service committed to providing a culture of ongoing professional development for staff through regular clinical supervision, excellent professional development and recognition programme (PDRP), regular in-service training and support towards external education.


Skills & Experience:

  • Registration with a NZ professional body – Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy
  • A current practising certificate
  • A Post Graduate qualification in the assessment and treatment of addictions.
  • Post registration education/learning and experience relevant to the specialty area of child and youth mental health is desirable
  • Be willing to undergo a police vetting process

About Nga Taiohi:

Located about 20 minutes away from central Wellington, in Porirua, is Nga Taiohi, our new state of the art, national secure youth forensic, bicultural 10 bedded unit which opened in April 2016. This is the first national inpatient service for young offenders with acute severe mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. This secure forensic unit is co-located with our existing Acute Youth Mental Health Inpatient Unit (Rangatahi) and the Youth Intellectual Disability (ID) Inpatient Unit (Hikitia Te Wairua) collectively known as the ‘The Youth Centre for Excellence’ at Kenepuru Hospital. This new service is part of Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAID) 3DHB.

About our 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 CCDHB 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

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By joining together we will succeed


Permanent/Full Time

Job no: AHMH43-20

Location: Kenepuru Hospital/Porirua

Closing Date: Sunday, 12 July 2020