Vacancies

Health Improvement Practitioner

New roles based in Greymouth / Hokitika
Fixed term position until June 2023
Part-time up to 0.5 FTE

The West Coast Primary Health Organisation (PHO) is a not-for-profit community trust that plans, coordinates, funds and provides primary health care for West Coasters. It is also the network of health practitioners who work out of general practices, rural clinics or medical centres up and down the West Coast.

We are looking for registered health professionals who have experience in delivering behavioural health services to fill this rewarding role within General Practice, empowering people to reach their mental health and wellbeing goals through brief interventions.

This role is part of New Zealand's new primary care-based behavioural health workforce and the innovative programme Te Tumu Waiora – te reo for “to head towards wellness”. At the heart of the service are two new roles embedded within the general practice team - Health Improvement Practitioners and Health Coaches.

About the role

The Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP) provides evidence-based brief intervention talking therapies to individuals and their families to help improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is a generalist role based within the GP clinic helping people with any issue affecting their wellbeing by providing:

immediate, accessible therapy (particularly Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - FACT) to patients
group programs for patients in partnership with the general practice team
consultation, education, and advice to support members of the general practice team meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of their patients.
support local population health by developing intervention pathways alongside GPs and nurses based on clinic needs

Successful applicants will receive comprehensive training and ongoing mentoring as part of the national Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions programme.

Who we are looking for

A registered health professional (e.g. psychologist, psychotherapist, registered nurse, social worker, occupational therapist or DAPAANZ registered Counsellor) with a current practicing certificate.
Professional experience in their registered field of a minimum of 3 years.
Has experience working in general practice, primary care and/or community settings.
Qualifications or experience in CBT, ACT or FACT are an advantage but not essential.
Is self-motivated, can work autonomously and collaboratively as part of a team.
Empathetic and open-minded with excellent communication skills.
Willing to embrace change and up to the challenge of different ways of working.
Ability to work at a fast pace with a flexible schedule in a varied general practice environment.
An understanding and sensitivity to working with all cultures.
Committed to ongoing professional development/education.
Full clean NZ Driver Licence.

If you are interested in this role and the opportunity to grow and be part of an innovative team, apply now.  Applications open until a suitable candidate is found.

Please note that applicants will be required to meet the COVID-19 Public Health Orders as they apply to the West Coast Primary Health Organisation. This means all staff must be fully vaccinated.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa for at least 12 months and must already be in the country to be considered for this role.

The West Coast PHO’s focus is to promote and enable better health for the population on the West Coast.  Staff working at the PHO are expected to be smokefree.

Clink on the below links for the Position description & Application form.

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https://westcoastpho.org.nz/sites/default/files/imce/Generic%20Application%20Form%202022_0.doc

Please email to Roz Stuart at  roz.stuart@westcoastpho.org.nz.

 

Primary Mental Health Practitioner 1.0 FTE

The West Coast Primary Health Organisation is offering an exciting opportunity to join our Brief Intervention Counselling team in contributing to the wellness of the West Coast Community.  This team works collaboratively with general practices, schools, the West Coast District Health Board, and other community groups, to provide assessment and intervention counselling for people from 12 years of age who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. 

We are looking for a registered health professional who has experience and passion in providing assessment and individual or group brief intervention counselling. This position is based in Greymouth.

Selection criteria for this role:

A recognised qualification in Psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, social work or mental health nursing
Relevant professional registration with a current NZ practicing certificate
Experience working clinically with youth (from 12 years), and adults using evidence-based brief intervention strategies e.g. CBT, ACT and FACT
A high level of oral and written communication skills, including the ability to engage effectively with clients, general practice teams and other health professionals.
Excellent written and verbal communication
Full New Zealand driver licence

We can provide a great place to work with the opportunity to have a great lifestyle living on the West Coast.  The Coast offers a diverse landscape from rainforests to rocky coastlines and for those who enjoy the outdoors, there is something for everyone. 

We also offer:

A supportive work environment where life balance is encouraged, people are valued, and new solutions are the norm!
Professional development opportunities
Support to maintain your registration
Access to professional supervision

If you are interested in this role and the opportunity to grow and be part of an innovative team, apply now.  Applications open until a suitable candidate is found. 

Please note that applicants will be required to meet the COVID-19 Public Health Orders as they apply to the West Coast Primary Health Organisation. This means all staff must be fully vaccinated.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa for at least 12 months and must already be in the country to be considered for this role.

The West Coast PHO’s focus is to promote and enable better health for the population on the West Coast.  Staff working at the PHO are expected to be smokefree.

Applications, including the application form should be emailed to Roz Stuart at roz.stuart@westcoastpho.org.nz