Consultant Psychiatrist – Forensic Child & Adolescent (Palmerston North)

Specialty: Psychiatry

Grading: Specialist / Consultant

Number of positions: 1

Job Hours: Full time

Required qualifications: Vocationally registered in Psychiatry with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) FRANZCP or equivalent qualification and be able to register for vocational registration with the MCNZ

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Location: Palmerston North, Manawatu

Service:    Central Regional Forensic Service – The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service

Contract: Permanent, Full time

Salary:      As per ASMS MECA

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

The regional arm of Te Korowai-Whāriki includes the Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Service which operates at the interface between Mental Health Services and the Justice System and works within the following settings – prisons, courts, community, and inpatient.  The Service offers assessment and rehabilitation services to defendants charged with criminal offences and offenders who have psychiatric illness.

The Central Regional Forensic Service also is involved with the Youth Court providing a Court Liaison Service and completing specialist psychological or psychiatric assessments ordered by the Court through Children Young Persons & Family Act, 1989 (Section 333). The service provides consultation and liaison to the CAMHS services and provides services to Youth Justice residential facilities.

The Youth Forensic Service provides a specialist mental health screening role in the courts and prisons, as well as offering advice and triage. As well as the youth courts, in the central region there is also a youth unit within the Hawkes Bay Prison, young women aged 17 and under in Arohata Prison, and the Lower North Youth Justice Facility (for remand and sentenced youth through the Youth Court) in Palmerston North.

We are looking for a Consultant Psychiatrist who will work in a multidisciplinary team setting, providing high quality assessment, treatment and transition management of young people with severe mental health and substance use issues who have or are alleged to have offended, with involvement of family/whanau.  This includes provision of reports for the court under appropriate legislation. You will assume a leadership role within the MDT in conjunction with other senior clinicians and the Team Leader and support the ongoing development of the service.

Moū – About you

  • Vocationally registered in Psychiatry with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)
  • FRANZCP or equivalent qualification and be able to register for vocational registration with the MCNZ
  • Work in collaboration with multidisciplinary team
  • Able to provide consistently high standards of medical care
  • Relevant experience and training
  • If you are applying from overseas you must meet the New Zealand Immigration Service requirements.

E pā ana ki a tatou – About us

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs – Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Te Korowai Whariki services include regional forensic and rehabilitation services covering the Central region while the intellectual disability services extend the length and breadth of the country from six bases located in Whangarei, Auckland, Cambridge, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

Here at the 2DHBs (Capital & Coast District Health Board and Hutt Valley District Health Boards) we embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, including all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

The 2DHBs are pro-equity health organisation, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific Peoples, and the Disability Community.Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to apply

Click the apply now button to send your application directly to us. For further information on this role please email and indicate the job title and vacancy number in the subject line.

Please note we will be reviewing applications when received and will progress through the recruitment process.

We require all our employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes the booster dose within six months of receiving the second dose of initial vaccination (for some people the initial vaccination will have comprised of three doses).  We are not accepting applications that do not meet this criteria.

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Name: Sandra Tam

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Phone: (04) 806 2547