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Clinical Psychologist, Older Adult Mental Health/STAR 1 (VID: 5120)

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Location: Palmerston North Hospital
Service: Mental Health Services
Position Type: Allied Health
Appointment Type: Permanent/Fulltime
Close Date: 31/05/2020
​(Scope of Practice – Clinical Psychologist)
This position is seeking an enthusiastic and committed clinical psychologist to join our Older Adult Mental Health (OAMH)/STAR 1 team.
The OAMH team, which sits under the umbrella of the Mental Health & Addictions Service (MHAS) provides a psychogeriatric service mainly to the elderly population of the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua districts. There are approximately 170,000 people in the area, of whom about 30,000 are aged 65 years and over.
STAR 1 is an inpatient ward, resourced for 11 beds, and takes up to 14 for the older adult mental health services. We provide specialist assessment and treatment for adults aged 65 years and over who are experiencing mental illness and/or cognitive changes.  Our multi-disciplinary team works collaboratively to optimise the function and wellness with the aim of supporting our clients to continue in the community.
In this role you will:
  • Provide quality clinical psychology assessment and intervention
  • Participate and lead as the MDT as required
  • Engage with the family and whanau to ensure both clinical and cultural appropriateness in line with patient and family goals
  • Be registered with a professional body and in possession of a current practicing certificate.
Hours of work will be 40 hours per week. 
MidCentral District Health Board is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe from abuse and harm. As part of our commitment to children and young people, and in line with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, appointment to positions that involve regular or overnight contact with children will include worker safety checks. These checks are in addition to the requirement to have a satisfactory police clearance. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates. To find out more information about the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 click here

MidCentral District Health Board employs more than 2500 staff at Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua and Horowhenua and Otaki districts.
Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital, which services an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of 168,000. In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.
Palmerston North is a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures. Wellington the capital city, is only a two hour journey by road, as are the wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.


For further information:
Human Resources
Private Bag 11036
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

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