Consumer Advisor - Mental Health

Job Number: 
Southern DHB
Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Sunday, 9 February 2020

Consumer Advisor – Mental Health, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Permanent - 1.0 FTE (40 hrs per week)

About the opportunity

Consumers are the past, the present and the future of Mental Health Services. Here at Southern DHB we want to ensure our consumers are heard, so we can continue to review and develop the Mental Health Services offered in Southland. To help us do this our Consumer Advisor aims to develop and co-ordinate effective links and networks with relevant consumers, community groups and organisations. We now have a vacancy for a permanent fulltime Consumer Advisor to join our team.

About You

You'll strive to develop a strong and active consumer voice in the district and support the ongoing development of a Consumer Advisory Group in Southland. You'll provide feedback to the mental health provider arm management team and clinicians and actively encourage and involve consumers in planning groups and projects in the provider arm. You'll also support Southern DHB and the community to become more aware of the issues facing Mental Health consumers.

To be considered for this position you'll need to be a confident communicator with strong verbal and written skills. You'll have an ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with a variety of people and be able to prioritise and organize your work. You will need to be able to cope under pressure and remain calm in difficult situations while having the drive and commitment to make a difference.   

Why Southland

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out  for what the region - and we - can offer you and your whanau.

About us

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.

Closing Date:  Sunday 09 February, 2020.  Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time. 

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID), Phone (03) 214 5769 or Email [email protected]

Children’s Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

To Apply:  We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: