Clinical Advisors – Ministry of Health

We are looking for three clinical advisors to join us. As a clinical advisor, you’ll use your expertise and leadership to contribute to the service delivery and regulation of mental health and addiction services in New Zealand

One of the clinical advisor positions is specifically for a person with a background in addiction treatment. They will have a key role in the administration of the Substance Abuse (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017.

For the other two advisory positions we are looking for people with a strong background in one (or more) of the following areas:
Child and youth mental health Māori mental health Forensic mental health.

For all three positions, we are looking for applicants who are strongly client focussed.

Your work will support the Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the delivery of statutory and non-statutory functions. The clinical advisors will participate in projects across the Ministry’s work programme, providing leadership on mental health and addiction issues to the Minister, the Ministry, the sector, other government agencies and international authorities.

To be successful, you’ll be a registered health professional with a sound and extensive background in the field of mental health and/or addiction.

You’ll have a sound ability to successfully lead, manage and influence in a professional leadership role working in a complex environment, and a proven ability to write and talk about complex clinical and technical issues clearly and concisely and tailor messages for a range of audiences.

The breadth of these roles will see you engaging with a wide range of high level internal and external stakeholders, so it’s a given that you’ll be skilled at developing and maintaining effective professional relationships!

These are flexible roles whereby successful candidates are able to maintain their clinical practice.

If you think you’ve got what we’re looking for, we want to hear from you! Apply online with your CV and cover letter outlining your background and your interest in the role. All applications must be made online.

For further information about this position please contact Sarah Perry on 04 816 3332 or

The Ministry of Health is committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures. All staff – regardless of gender, race, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs, political opinion or union affiliation – have access to equal employment opportunities. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workforce and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements.

Applications close 12 November 2017

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