Community Withdrawal Management Registered Nurse

  • Part time fixed term position working with our team based in Greymouth until late 2023
  • Registered nurse with current NZ Annual Practicing Certificate
  • Specific experience within an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) service or similar is required

Ehara taku I toa takitahi engari, he toa takitini
My strength, is not the strength  of one, it is the strength of many


What you’ll do with your time

  • Provide quality care to people who are alcohol and/or other drug dependent
  • Provide a flexible, accessible detoxification service in conjunction with the client’s GPs, whānau, support people and other health professionals.
  • Develop key links with the detoxification team and regional service based in Christchurch.
  • Screening of all detoxification referrals in consultation with our Rata AOD team, in consultation with other health professionals including City Mission AOD team where required.
  • Provide assessment of alcohol and/or other drug detoxification needs of clients referred to the service
  • Coordinate and monitor health indicators and medication regimes in accordance with treatment plans.
  • Provide client-centered care, utilizing contemporary evidence-based treatment strategies
  • Support and encourage clients through their recovery journey


We are looking for a Registered Nurse who has the clinical skills required to assist people with current addiction challenges, to support their withdrawal journey while remaining in the community.  This role will be working across the hospital and community settings, within our integrated model of care that includes specialist mental health and addictions, primary care, NGOs and other health providers.  The position involves a liaison role between whanau, services and NGOs, and is intended to effectively be the main conduit for individuals who are seeking to make a major life change.


You will be encouraged to develop your skills in delivering advanced, focussed, evidence-based treatment and harm reduction models.  We would ideally consider candidate with experience in withdrawal management, either community or inpatient, however this is not essential.  A grounded experience of mental health, addictions and recovery models of care is preferred. 


This is a brand-new role that we are building in coordination with withdrawal management services in Canterbury and other DHBs in the South Island. 


We are looking for someone with the following traits:

  • Excellent communication & relationship building skills
  • Flexibility to work autonomously as well as a part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Self-motivated, strategic with good time-management skills
  • Understanding and application of the principles of the treaty of Waitangi, with a culturally safe and appropriate approach to practice
  • A strong understanding of Māori health inequity and Māori population need
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development


What we are about

We are unique and like no other in New Zealand with a close-knit community where your work will make a real difference.

We will help you grow as a leader in rural health with a continued focus on your career development

We continue to break new ground and shape our health system to wrap care around patients in their communities.


Why us

This isn’t a job for just anyone, joining us means sharing our goals and values and being dedicated to this community and our team as we seek to become a centre of excellence in rural health care. We offer competitive benefits, flexible working arrangements, four weeks free accommodation when you start and a relocation scheme to candidates who will join us in this.


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Fixed Term/Contract/Part Time

Job no: PC1151637

Location: Greymouth

Closing Date: Sunday, 14 March 2021