Waitaha Primary Health

Christchurch Central, Canterbury

Psychology, Counselling & Social Work (Healthcare & Medical)

Full time

  • Are you passionate about the health and well-being of our community?
  • Are you a highly motivated nursing or allied health practitioner who enjoys a fast-paced work environment?
  • Would you like work with a General Practice team committed to providing high quality mental health support to patients?
  • Are you interested in working across three of our general practices based in Ashburton, part time or full time considered?


Mō te tūnga – About the role

Te Tumu Waiora – te reo for ‘to head towards wellness’ – is a new model of primary mental health and addictions care and support which aims to provide all New Zealanders experiencing mental distress or addictions challenges with access to convenient, high quality, integrated and person-centred care and support. The model is being rolled out nationally over the next four years.

The model puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of general practice with focused roles, Health Improvement Practitioners and Health Coaches, working as part of the general practice team.

They will be required to deliver brief, evidence based behavioural interventions to individuals, whanau and groups for mental health and physical health conditions in people of all ages.

They will actively support and mentor HIPs ensuring that they have the knowledge/skills and resources required to work to the top of scope of practice.  They will also work with Te Pou trainers, NGOs and PHOs to refine the services delivered for the New Zealand context.

Employment of these roles sits with a Primary Health Organisation – either Pegasus Health, Waitaha Primary Health, or Christchurch PHO. This role is based in Waitaha Primary Health practices in Ashburton.

Successful applicants will receive comprehensive training and ongoing mentoring, which will appeal to clinicians with an interest and expertise in behavioural health and behavioural change. Good remuneration, team support and training budget for the successful applicant.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako – Skills and experience

  • Experience working in primary care or from a counselling/mental health environment delivering talking therapies
  • A good understanding of and is skilled in delivering talking therapy modalities for example ACT, CBT, FACT
  • A relevant registered health professional qualification
  • A working knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application to health care
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of equity in health and service delivery
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of people
  • Established relationships or ability to build relationships within Māori, Pasifika, and wider community networks
  • The ability and experience to work autonomously and as part of a wider team
  • Enthusiasm and passion about improving healthcare

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For further information please contact Clinical Lead, Waitaha Primary Health: Paul Wynands, email: paul.wynands@waitaha.health.nz.

Applications to be received no later than close of day on Monday 8 July 2024.  All applications will be maintained in strict confidence.

Please note we may process and progress applications prior to the closing date, so please do not hesitate to make enquiries or send/submit us your application. We look forward to hearing from you.

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COVID19: In order to be considered for this role you will need to be fully vaccinated (including Booster) against COVID 19. Proof of vaccination will be required as part of our recruitment process.