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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