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Looking to broaden your career? Or wanting to specialise? We have something for you.

If you want challenges at work, but a relaxing place to live and play in - we’ve got the best of both worlds.

The size of our service means we have a wide range of roles, from specialisation in older persons or perinatal mental health services, adult inpatient to the forensic wards, to rural services that work closely with their local communities. And everything in-between. 

Whether you want to broaden your career, or become more specialised, or share your experience with us, or just have a change of lifestyle and location, check out what we have on offer.

Our Mental Health and Addictions Service is the largest provider of mental health and addictions services in the Waikato and in the wider Midland region of New Zealand. 

The Waikato is one of New Zealand's most relaxing regions. Its location in the centre of New Zealand's North Island puts you in easy reach of - well, everything you want. 

Hamilton city(external link) has the best of modern urban life, with restaurants, bars, theatres, art, sports events and academic facilities. It's only 1.5 hours by car to Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, or 1 hour by plane to Wellington.

On the other hand, we've got recreation and relaxation on our doorstep - a lake right across the road from Waikato Hospital, a river winding through the Waikato region, beautiful beaches close at hand, skiing or mountain walks for the weekend, cafes, farmers markets and character rural villages.

What we offer


  • training by one of the leading centres in New Zealand i.e.: the Waikato Clinical Skills and Simulation centre.
  • opportunity to be taught, trained and supported by clinical and academic leadership
  • research opportunities
  • professional development opportunities

Mental Health Nurses

  • opportunity for post graduate studies
  • rostered shifts
  • clinical / professional supervision offered
  • graduate nursing programme
  • clinical pathways
  • opportunities for nursing education to meet annual practising certificate requirements

We employ more than 700 staff including:

  • psychiatrists
  • registrars
  • house officers
  • mental health nurses
  • social workers
  • clinical psychologists
  • AOD clinicians
  • occupational therapists
  • cultural advisors
  • psychiatric assistants

Allied Health (clinical psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists)

  • graduate programme including AUT Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Mental Health
  • rotation and placement opportunities
  • regular clinical supervision
  • opportunity to complete a postgraduate certificate in Mental Health at the Auckland University of Technology.
  • orientation and training package

Our approach

We are a recovery-focused service with a goal “To earn the reputation, as a service people trust with their loved ones’ care”
We work collaboratively with a range of providers that are committed to providing high quality service user-focused services. This cooperative approach helps to build an environment where comprehensive, integrated mental health care is delivered.

This regional network includes mental health services in other Midland District Health Boards, primary care providers, Māori communities, and other public and non-government organisations, mental health service providers, service user groups, families and support groups.

Our two main service groupings:

  • Sectors and Specialty
    • Adult community and inpatient mental health grouped into a north and south sector.
    • Mental Health Services for Older People (community and inpatient)
    • Alcohol and Drug Service 
    • Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  •  ACCIS, Central and Forensic
    • ACCIS (Acute Care Coordination Integration Service); Triage, crisis assessment and home treatment teams
    • Sub-specialties (e.g. eating disorders)
    • Puawai - Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service (inpatient, community, courts, prison and forensic intellectual disability services)

Opportunities for staff:

  • Junior doctors (Registered Medical Officer) training
  • Graduate Nurse Programme - Mental Health & Addictions

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