Mental Health Professional (Porirua Youth One Stop Shop)

2022-09-19 to 2022-10-17
The 502 Rangatahi Ora
Work Type
Full Time
Part Time
Closing Date
Job Description
• Registered Nurse, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Registered AOD Practitioner
• Youth One Stop Shop setting
• Supportive and skilled multi-disciplinary team
About us
The 502 – Rangatahi Ora is Porirua’s new youth health and development – a place for rangatahi aged 10-24 years who live, work or study in Porirua to access free healthcare and social support.
Established in 2021, The 502 is the result of many years of dreaming and planning led largely by young people. Supported by the community, rangatahi advocated for a youth one stop shop in Porirua, clearly established a need, and secured the backing of Capital and Coast District Health Board. Working with the DHB, rangatahi co-designed service specifications and called for proposals. Their vision was a service that would have a youth-friendly team that look like rangatahi in Porirua and who understand them. They specified a mix of doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health workers and youth workers and a service that is culturally relevant. Rangatahi told us it must be highly confidential and able to keep them safe. It must be flexible, and young people must continue to be involved in governance and decision-making about the service.
Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira and Partners Porirua worked together with a youth advisory group to establish The 502, named by rangatahi for Porirua’s postcodes. Together we aim to establish joined up youth health and social services in Porirua, providing services from our new hub in Cobham Court, and supporting rangatahi to access the many other options available to them within the community as well.

About the role
We’re looking for a mental health professional to bring their knowledge and skills to our multi-disciplinary team of GPs, nurses, counsellors and youth workers. Working as part of the team, you will help increase access to mental health support for rangatahi within a primary care setting. You will work relationally with rangatahi, and their whānau where appropriate, who are experiencing mild to moderate (including moderate) levels of distress. You will provide evidence-informed assessment, treatment and interventions including talking therapies. You will work closely with our team, and other services to ensure rangatahi receive the best possible care. Your work will at all times be mana-enhancing, supporting rangatahi and their whānau in a way that empowers them.

About you
You will be a registered professional with experience working with rangatahi Māori and tangata moana/Pasifika communities and an understanding of the social, health and wellbeing issues facing those communities. You will have excellent relationships with a wide range of mental health services in Porirua, and most of all, a love for working with young people. You’ll be ready to give your best in the service of others, in areas that really matter. We’re up to big things, so if this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

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