Kai Manaaki/Health Professional - Intellectual Disability


Location: Ratonga-Rua-O-Porirua Campus

Contract:  Permanent, full time

About the role

Intellectual Disability (ID) Forensic Service is part of the 3 DHB Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service Directorate (MHAIDs). It has adult, youth and community services.

We currently have a vacancy for a full time Kai Manaaki working across all areas of the service. The purpose of the position is to provide Kai Manaaki support for clients and their whanau from the time of access and duration of their stay in ID forensic services. You will be a health professional or be someone who has a minimum of the level 3 Support Worker Certificate but has extensive experience.

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) for nursing regular in service training and support towards external education.


  • Ensure access to cultural programmes and activities for clients
  • Work alongside clients and staff in providing cultural programmes and support
  • Liaison with whanau and community services to enhance the clients wellbeing and rehabilitation
  • Support for staff in order to enhance the effectiveness of the cultural plans and activities


Skills & Experience

  • Registered or unregistered Health Worker
  • A current competency to practice certificate if a registered health worker
  • Experience with carrying out cultural assessments, psycho-social assessments with clients and their whanau, working with community agencies and working with clients and whanau.
  • Knowledge of the Maori Culture Models of Care and Social Models of Care
  • Understanding and a strong knowledge of Tikanga and Te Ao Maori with practical ability to convey and teach to all clients and staff through different means such as but not limited to Te Reo and Waiata
  • Experience in managing change
  • Ability to keep detailed written file notes, complete client pathway documentation and provide formal assessment reports as required
  • Ability to contribute to support plans, guidelines and client meetings as part of the multidisciplinary care team.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral forms
  • An interest in working with intellectual disability service users under the Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Service Model of Care, which incorporates a Positive Behaviour Support framework


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.

Our service embraces diversity. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities 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.

The Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Service

The Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Service provides secure (inpatient) care and rehabilitation services for male and female adults and adolescents who have a diagnosed intellectual disability and have committed often serious offences. Our clients are usually Care Recipients or Special Care Recipients under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act, 2003 who have been convicted or found unfit to stand trial.

The service is staffed by a team of clinicians from medical, nursing, allied health and support work backgrounds. We also have management and administrative staff.

The maximum number of clients in our inpatient services is 27 people. The length of stay for each client varies, and in more recent years orders have been made for an average of two years.

To ensure that our clients receive the best possible care and rehabilitation, the RIDSS has developed a Model of Care that draws on the strengths of our clients and each discipline within the multidisciplinary team. This framework incorporates the Good Lives Model of offender rehabilitation,a comprehensive risk assessment structure, a Positive Behaviour Support approach to direct care, and a formal staff supervision and education programme.

The RIDSS is part of the broader3DHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS), which spans the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs and includes local, regional, and national services.


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 ruth.johnstone@ccdhb.org.nz

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed


Permanent/Full Time

Job no: AHMH49-20

Location: Kenepuru Hospital/Porirua

Closing Date: Sunday, 12 July 2020