Mental Health Professional – Regional Youth Forensic Service.

Location: Palmerton North

Contract: Full time, Monday-Friday


About the role

The Youth Forensic Service provides a specialist mental health screening role in the courts and prisons, as well as offering a triage service and advice to other agencies. As well as the youth courts, in the central region there is also a youth unit within the Hawkes Bay Prison, young women aged 17 and under in Arohata Prison, and the Lower North Youth Justice Facility (for remand and sentenced youth through the Youth Court) in Palmerston North. In these facilities, the Youth Forensic Service offers screening assessments, advice and mental health treatment. This is provided by psychiatric, psychological, nursing, social work and co-existing disorder staff.

Health Professionals for the Regional Youth Forensic service will provide effective, quality services to clients and actively participate in the multidisciplinary team as well as liaising with other appropriate agencies including, but not limited to, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Education and Police. Health Professionalsprovides safe and clinically effective client assessment and intervention, within a specific clinical area with a development of more in depth knowledge and skills. 


  • Take legal and professional responsibility for managing own caseload of patients/clients
  • Utilise information available to prioritise patients/clients to enable appropriate allocation of referrals and workload
  • Carry out comprehensive assessment with patients (and whānau where appropriate). This may include use of standardised assessments to assist in assessment and intervention planning.
  • Complete documentation consistent with legal and organisational requirements.


Skills & Experience

  • Co-Existing Disorder Clinician who is DAPAANZ registered or similar and is also either a NZ Registered Mental Health Nurse or Social Worker with a current annual practicing certificate
  • Minimum of 2-5 years clinical practice.
  • Current full NZ driver’s license with ability to drive a manual and automatic car (required for roles based in the community or where the role may be required to work across multiple sites).

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: AHMH21-20

Location: Manawatu

Closing Date: Sunday, 19 April 2020