Director, Mental Health and Addiction Services

Permanent, full time
  • Are you all about challenging the status quo?
  • Are you seeking the opportunity to lead innovation and transformation?
  • Do you see yourself building the capability and skills of others to be innovative and transformational pioneers?

Think Hauora (formerly known as Central PHO) is an aspirationally focussed, strategically connected network of health services across Palmerston North, Manawatu, Tararua, Horowhenua and Ōtaki communities. We work with general practices and community health service providers, and support core alliances with MidCentral District Health Board, Te Tihi o Ruahine and Raukawa Whānau Ora. 

Our new 2019–2025 Strategy takes a broad view of health, acknowledging health is woven into all aspects of life.  Grounded in primary health care provision, THINK Hauora aspires to ‘connect communities for wellbeing’.  We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ready to take action for equity.

THINK Hauora is now seeking to engage a Director, Mental Health and Addiction Services to support our new Strategy. 

The primary focus for this role includes:

  • Strategically leading and developing the Te Ara Rau service to achieved strategic outcomes
  • Working in partnership with Maori and Iwi providers to develop culturally appropriate mental health services
  • Work with MidCentral DHB to develop innovative approaches to mental health services across the life course and continuum
  • Work across sectors to identify and develop primary mental health programs and services
  • Engage with and amplify the voice of Whānau
  • Contribute to the implementation of the recommendations in the district’s “Realising WAIORA a Collective Voice” submission to Mental Health Inquiry

To be considered for this position, you will bring proven and current clinical experience, ideally within Primary Mental Health.  You will have the ability to strategically lead and support clinicians to reach their full potential as innovators and transformational pioneers. 

Additionally, you will be courageous in your decision making by leveraging cross-sectorial relationships to springboard new opportunities within the Mental Health and Addictions sector and build sustainable pathways for Whānau.  You will have an analytical and critical mindset that can translate logical and lateral information to create out of the box solutions and transformation. 

 Having operated at a similar level, you naturally have proven reporting skills, articulate written and verbal communication skills and the ability to prioritise your work programme.  You will be passionate about Mental Health and recognise Wellbeing touches so much more than health alone. 

 In return, THINK Hauora offers a commitment of valuing your skills and knowledge providing ongoing professional development, competitive remuneration, and an opportunity to contribute to the quality and wellbeing outcomes for our community.

To apply, please send your current resume and cover letter to:

Applications close Wednesday, 23 October at 9am

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