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Peer Support Specialists Wanted in Counties Manukau

Job advertisement from CMDHB follows…

Peer Support Specialist – Mental Health Services
Here’s your chance to make a difference in our community!

At Counties Manukau DHB our shared vision is to work in partnership with our communities to improve the health status of all, with particular emphasis on Maaori and Pacific peoples and other communities with health disparities.

We have a number of Peer Support Specialist positions available across Adult and Youth Mental Health Services. You will work within our culturally diverse community, providing peer support and recovery coaching to people who are working towards their mental health recovery. You will work within community based teams, supporting people in the location of their choice – their home, in a clinical setting or a location in the community from Monday to Friday within the hours 8am – 5pm.

Our mental health services are made up of dynamic, innovative, multi-disciplinary teams of professionals including Peer
Support Specialists.

Full Time and Part Time opportunities are available in the following teams:

  • Manukau Community Mental Health Centre (located in Lambie Drive, Manukau Central); and The Cottage Community Mental Health Centre (located in Otahuhu) are two of our community mental health teams providing comprehensive mental health assessment, treatment and recovery support for consumers.
  • Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPIT). Based within Whirinaki – Child Youth & Family Mental Health services (located in East Tamaki); EPIT works with young people (and their families), who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis and aims to ensure assessment, treatment and support occurs as early as possible for the young person.
  • Te Puna Waiora is a community mental health service providing mobile clinical and cultural assessment, treatment and support for adult Maaori within the CMDHB area. The team is comprised of Kaumatua, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists who work collaboratively with our iwi partners, Mahitahi and Raukura Hauora o Tainui. Te Puna Waiora has two newly established Peer Support Specialist positions available. You will work within our culturally diverse community, providing peer support and recovery coaching to people who are working towards their mental health recovery and thereby assisting Whaiora and Whanau towards realising their own rangatiratanga.

To be successful in this position you will have the following specific qualifications, skills and attributes:

  • Peer Support Specialist Certificate is essential
  • Completed Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
  • An ability to apply the Peer Support approach
  • An understanding of recovery concepts, pathways and values
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer literacy skills
  • A knowledge and understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • A full clean driver’s licence is required.

For further information please contact Neshanee Naidoo in the Recruitment Centre on (09) 276 0044, ext 6837. Applications can be made online at www.countieshealthjobs.com or via www.leadingmentalhealth.co.nz and MUST include a CV and Cover

Closing date: Sunday 27th May

Position Number:038085


Mental Health 1st Aid for Whanau April 2012

Mental Health First Aid FOR WHANAU

A two (2) day course designed to equip whanau, hapuu, Iwi, Maori community and health workers with the skills to support an adult in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional treatment is received.

By using the 5 Step Action Plan “M.A.U.R.I”
M— make an assessment
A— attentive non judgmental listening
U— understand and give reassurance
R— remember to seek professional awhi
I— inform whanau of self help awhi strategies


  1. Workshop 1- April 2nd & 3rd
  2. Workshop 2- April 19th & 20th
  3. Workshop 3- April 23rd & 24th
  • Time: 9am – 4pm
  • Venue: Mahitahi Trust or Arranged venue
  • For all enquires or to register: Mobile:027 255 0165 Phone:09 262 4533. Ask for Mate Chase

Numbers are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

This programme in provided in partnership with Counties Manukau District Health Board and Mahitahi Trust.

Cancer Steering Group Seeks Patient Input

Are you interested in providing patient input to a Cancer Steering Group?

Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) is re-establishing a Cancer Steering Group to improve access to all cancer services and improve faster cancer treatment for all patients diagnosed with cancer.

The Steering Group would value involvement from two adult ‘consumers’ to provide their experiences of cancer management/treatment and care by CMDHB adult cancer services, and to provide input to cancer initiatives.

Some initial information:

  • There is no time limit for when you were a patient although the more recent your involvement, the better when focusing on improving current cancer services.
  • Meetings will be held atMiddlemoreHospitalfor one hour every 6 to 8 weeks, probably around lunchtime.
  • The first Steering Group meeting is yet to be confirmed, however, it is likely to be early April 2012
  • At this stage there is no payment for meetings however petrol vouchers will be provided to assist people to attend meetings and any parking costs will be covered. Alternatively, taxi chits will be provided if people need transport to attend the meetings.
  • The Steering Group members will be mainly CMDHB staff (10 members). It would help if Consumer Representatives are confident and articulate. However CMDHB are absolutely committed to supporting Consumer Representatives on the Steering Group to ensure that they do not become overwhelmed or lost in our DHB technical terms, jargon and ‘health speak’
  • Note – The Steering Group will also provide a forum for communicating updates on all regional activity (from Regional Cancer Working groups)

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, and to express your interest please:

  • Contact Libby Nelson for a copy of the Terms of Reference for the Steering Group

Confirm your interest with Libby Nelson by 12 noon Friday 30 March 2012. Phone 021 242 0716 or email libby.nelson@middlemore.co.nz

Research Assistant Wanted

CMDHB mental health service is looking for a part-time research assistant for the Asian mental heath project. Fluent in verbal and written communication skills in English and Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese) are essential. If interested, please apply via


Job Description

Research Assistant (Fixed Term Contract) – Asian Mental Health Research Project – 035366

Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term Contract) – Asian Mental Health Research Project

Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) research, evaluation and audit mental health service (REAMHS) team is undertaking a mental health research project from March to July 2012. The project aims to investigate Asian people’s experience and views of mental health services provided by Counties Manukau District Health Board.

In order to complete this, the project team is looking for a research assistant to help them with this research project. This is a part time, fixed term contract working 16 hours per week, weekdays only. (Monday – Friday).

This is an exciting opportunity which would be particularly suited to a current undergraduate or postgraduate student in mental health, health, statistics or related field and who wishes to pursue a career in Research in the future. It may also suit someone with research experience who is looking for a part-time, short term research – related job.

To view the position description please click here


  • Permanent Resident ofNew Zealand
  • Fluent in verbal and written communication skills in English and Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese)
  • Intermediate level of MS Word & Excel
  • Administrative experience
  • Experience in data collection and data entry
  • Great attention to detail & accuracy
  • Interview skills

Position No: 035366
Closing Date: 24th January 2012

Applications can be made online at www.countieshealthjobs.com or for any enquiries please contact Terese Railey in the Recruitment Centre on ph: 276 0044 extn 2433.

  • Location: Counties Manukau DHB
  • Schedule: Part-time
  • Shift: Monday – Friday
  • Closing Date: 24/Jan/12, 11:59:59 PM

Focus Groups for Carers of People with Dementia

Early Invitation to participate in Focus Groups for Counties Manukau Dementia Pathway Project

Counties Manukau DHB has started a project to review pathways into services for people with Dementia. We are keen to talk to people caring for and living with people with Dementia, as well as other people who could provide some input on what would be important to them if they did get Dementia.

The main reason for starting this project is that we want to make sure our services are helpful and responsive. We would like to invite your feedback to help us understand:

  • What helped you to access appropriate services?
  • What you would like to see improved?
  • How do you think this could be achieved?

We are planning to meet with people interested in sharing their experience and stories to help us plan for improved Dementia services, and will be holding some focus group meetings in February next year.

Please contact Sandy Andrews at Age Concern Counties Manukau Inc 2794331 ext 800 or sandya@accm.org.nz if you would like to receive more information on the project or if you would be willing to participate in a focus group (likely to be 1 – 1.5 hours).  Confirmed meeting times and dates will be advised in the New Year.

Thank you for considering sharing your experiences – your perspectives will help shape the future shape of services across the DHB.

Age Concern Counties Manukau Incorporated

  • Ngaa Take O Ngaa Kaumaatua/Kuia O Te Rohe O Manukau
  • Cambria Park Homestead, 250 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe, Manukau 2025
  • PO Box 53 155, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2150
  • Office Hours are : 9am-4pm Mon-Thursday  9am-1pm Friday.
  • Tel:+64 9 2794331 I Fax: +64 9 279 4334
  • website http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/council/counties-manukau

Primary Mental-Health Scholarships for Healthcare Professionals

Counties Manukau DHB are seeking applications from health professionals (GPs, nurses, others) working in primary care in Counties Manukau for people who wish to do post graduate study in 2012 .

The closing date is Friday 9 December 2011 although we may consider late applications in exceptional circumstances.

In order to be eligible to apply for these primary mental health scholarships you must be:

  • currently working in primary care in Counties Manukau
  • a NZ citizen or permanent resident
  • planning to enrol in a programme of study of which at least 50% of the course content is in the area of mental health
  • not receiving any other form of funding for this programme of study

Scholarship funding is available for study related expenses including:

  • course fees
  • bureau nursing cover
  • locum cover for self employed GPs

For further information on how to apply for a Primary Mental Health scholarship please visit our website www.countieshealthjobs.co.nz/experienced/apply-for-scholarship

Please note that the South Auckland Health Foundation website no longer administers these scholarships.

For information about the Primary Mental Health programme offered by the Universityof Auckland, please email Tannis Laidlaw t.laidlaw@auckland.ac.nz.

Bipolar Support Group calls for new members

The Bipolar Support Group is open to all people who have a lived experience of Bipolar Disorder/Manic-Depression.

It provides an opportunity to meet people from your community who can relate to your experiences and the chance to bring together the collective wisdom of people who have had similar challenges.

Meeting others with Bipolar/Manic-Depression and sharing tips for recovery, can help you accept that a mood disorder does not define who you are as an individual.

Information relating to the diagnosis and treatment of Bipolar/Manic-Depression is available at the group. There is no cost for the group or for the resources as these are provided by Counties Manukau District Health Board.

 This confidential, supportive group is held:

  • When: first Thursday of each month
  • Time: 10 am -12noon
  • Where: Skylight Room at Nathan Homestead, Manurewa

For Further Details Contact: Shelley or Justine at The Cottage, Phone 270-9090