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Job Vacancy: Health and Disability Advocacy service

Job Vacancy

Looking for variety and a challenge in your career?  The Health and Disability Advocacy service is looking for a person with a strong focus on people’s rights, and a passion and empathy for working with people.  This position will be based in Mairangi Bay covering the North Shore area and will be 40 hours per week.

Advocates have daily contact with members of the public and health and disability service providers. Advocates assist consumers to resolve complaints about the quality of care provided and provide education on the Code of Health and Disability Consumers’ Rights.

There is training and development, including support while you undertake the NZQA Advocacy Certification. Position descriptions and salary information are available on request via the email address below.

Please send your CV with the names of three referees (one must be your current manager) and a cover letter to adnet@xtra.co.nz
Before 12 noon on Friday 14 February 2014.

Free Sensory Modulation Workshop Auckland 8 May 2013

Sensory Modulation Workshop – 8th May

Come along to Changing Minds free workshop if you would like to learn more about sensory modulation and how it can be used to improve your quality of life. The session will consider different sensory approaches for different needs, such as high moods and low moods, and hope to begin identifying your own sensory preferences.

The two hour session will include group discussions and participant feedback. For more information or to RSVP click here. 


Newsflash: Tina is Leaving Changing Minds to Chase Her Dreams | New Manager Wanted

“At our Changing Minds Board meeting [on Tuesday the 17th] I announced that I’m moving on from my role here as Manager.  For me this is a really exciting time, but it certainly does come with some sadness, particularly when I think about how I will miss my friends and colleagues in and around the sector, and most of all my wonderful fellow team members – Campbell and Joey,” says Tina  Read More

To apply for the managers position at Changing Minds click here

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Wanted

The office of the Health and Disability Commissioner has a vacancy for the position of the Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner – Disability.

Please follow the link below to know more about the position and for the details on how to apply.


General Manager Wanted at Equip in Auckland

Job advertisement from Equip follows…


Equip, a leading mental health organisation, is offering a rare opportunity for someone to become part of our Senior Management Team as the General Manager. Equip is an extension of Windsor Park Baptist Church with a rich heritage and a Christian ethos. We employ over 70 staff and support close to 300 people every week who experience major mental health issues.

At the heart of Equip are our values which are service user, family/whānau and quality focused. We are a professional organisation with high performance teams that operates from a Christian perspective in partnership with others in the wider sector.

Equip is seeking a person with strong managerial experience to manage a vibrant and growing range of services. The General Manager will work closely with Equip’s CEO, staff and DHB services to deliver outstanding service quality to service users and their family/whānau.

This is a full time position based on Auckland’s North Shore.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Being a key member of the senior management team in setting and achieving organisational strategic aims.
  • Establishing and meeting organisational key performance indicators.
  • Leading and supporting the service delivery team to meet organisational expectations.
  • Contribute to the setting and meeting of organisational budgets.
  • Tendering, service development and contract management.
  • Planning and management of service change.
  • Overseeing external auditing.
  • Effectively managing serious incidents and complaints.
  • Maintaining strong relationships across the mental health sector and related areas.

Person specification:

  • Has strong managerial experience. preferably in the mental health sector or related sectors
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, and to the diverse communities that access Equip’s services.
  • Knowledgeable of the current NGO and DHB environment.
  • Preferably holds a health and/or management qualification.
  • Has a proven track record in implementing change.
  • An experienced team builder.
  • A team player who demonstrates strong initiative.
  • Shows a strong commitment to the mental health sector.
  • A demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships.
  • Demonstrates a confident, professional and approachable leadership style.
  • Remains calm, supportive of colleagues and productive during times of increased stress.

Equip welcomes applicants with a lived or familial experience of mental illness.

As one of our current staff says: “The positive environment at Equip is way beyond what I’ve ever experienced in any other organisation. Staff are supported spiritually, physically and mentally. The Equip team works together to fulfil a purpose greater than their own.”

Please contact: front.desk@equip.net.nz for an application pack.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 25th May.

Like Minds Manager Needed for Taranaki


Ideally 30 hrs per week (negotiable up to 40 hrs) 

Competitive salary…

Like Minds Taranaki is a Charitable Trust responsible for:

  • Promoting mental health
  • De-mystifying mental illness
  • Countering stigma and discrimination

Mental illness affects us all.  46% of people are expected to experience mental illness at some time in their lives.  Each person’s family/whanau/friends/colleagues are also affected in various ways.

A diagnosis of mental illness does not say anything about a person’s capabilities, personality or future.  In fact, the very act of dealing with mental illness gives people extraordinary strength of character.

Like Minds Taranaki is seeking a person who has:

  • Personal direct or indirect experience of mental illness
  • Knowledge of the mental health sector – Kaupapa Maori and non Maori
  • Leadership, Management and administration experience
  • Understanding and who is non-judgemental and supportive
  • Initiative, passion and absolute integrity

The successful applicant would be responsible to a totally supportive loyal trust and responsible for a small effective dedicated team and a significant number of wonderful volunteers.

If this sounds like you…

Grab a job description from Like Minds Taranaki,

P O Box 5015, New Plymouth, or 3rd floor, Stirling Sports Building,

50 Devon Street West, or email us at mental.health@xtra.co.nz or directly from www.likemindstaranaki.org.nz

It sounds like a great job – it is.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 20th April 2012

Gordon Hudson, Current Manager.

General Manager Position at NZAF

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) is New Zealand’s national HIV prevention and healthcare organisation. The NZAF has two key roles: reducing the transmission of HIV and providing support for people living with HIV, their whānau and families.

The General Manager Operations position has six site and programme manager reports. This is a new role whose primary objectives are:

  • To support the Executive Director (ED) in the leadership and management of the NZAF. (The ED is primarily responsible for leadership and strategy and the General Manager Operations (GM) is primarily responsible for operational implementation. The ED and GM will work closely together as a team to ensure that all functions are effectively carried out)
  • To manage the HIV Prevention and Health Services operations including human and financial resources, achievement of agreed operational targets, maintenance and improvement of operational quality and stakeholder relationships
  • To work with the ED on the planning, implementation and further development of the HIV Prevention and Health Services strategic and operational plans
  • Enable operational input into strategic direction across the organisation
  • Encourage organisation-wide thinking, trust, collaboration, and communication across NZAF operations
  • To make on-going and quantifiable inroads into the reduction in new HIV diagnoses levels through the successful implementation of targeted strategies and related services.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference for public health and the communities most affected by HIV.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to relate to, work and communicate effectively within gay and bisexual men’s communities
  • Tertiary level qualifications in management, and/or significant equivalent management experience
  • Proven ability to effectively manage complex and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Empathy and a professional approach to related sexuality and sexual issues
  • Ability to work effectively at an organisation-wide level, see linkages and synergies and initiate collaborative and/or organisation-wide activities
  • Advanced staff management skills
  • Advanced budget management skills

Remuneration reflects that this is a senior role in a not-for-profit environment.

For more information on this position please read the full Job Description.  A downloadable copy can be found below under ‘further reading’.