Mental Health Assistant (casual) - Older Persons’ Mental Health

  • Join the team providing care to older members of our community 
  • Opportunity to learn and further develop your skills
  • Older persons' health care experience is required
  • Casual position covering staff leave and periods of peak demand 

Ngā mōhiohio e pā hānga ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

The Older Persons’ Mental Health Inpatient Unit, at Alexandra Hospital in Richmond, provides psychiatric and geriatric care for the older members of our community. We aspire to provide high quality inpatient care to patients with acute mental health needs and/or complex age related health conditions. We work in partnership with our patients, their families, the clinical team and community carers and supports to achieve the best possible health outcome for the patient. 

As a Mental Health Assistant your role is to work with the team to provide basic nursing care under the supervision and direction of Registered Nurses. This can include working with challenging behaviours. 

As this is a casual position - it will be important that you are available for all shifts including mornings, afternoons and night shifts, and that you have the flexibility to work school holidays, public holidays and weekends. 

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills, who has experience in older persons’ health care and has an affinity with the elderly. It is equally important that you are able to work in a flexible and methodical manner, demonstrate honesty and reliability and use appropriate initiative.  


Required qualifications include:


  • Year 11 NCEA level 1 English (or equivalent)
  • Year 11 NCEA level 1 Maths (or equivalent)


  • NZQA Level 3 Certificate in Health and Wellbeing - Health Assistance Strand (or equivalent)

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Etahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Nga huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

You will be joining a great team that values teamwork and is committed to supporting the best possible health outcomes for our elderly patients.

Me pehea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form. 

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. 

Alternatively for role specific information please Christine Ball, Nurse Manager - Older Persons Mental Health via email to

Ref: N20-065

Applications close: Sunday 1st March


Job no: N20-065

Location: Alexandra Hospital

Closing Date: Sunday, 1 March 2020