Mental Health Assistant - Older Persons’ Mental Health

  • Work alongside our nursing team to help provide services to patients
  • Opportunity to learn and further develop your skills
  • Part time positions working 56 hours a fortnight as rostered

About the role

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.

We have two new permanent part time positions available each working 56 hours a fortnight (0.7FTE).

You will be rostered 3 days on, 3 days off, working 8 hrs shifts. There will also be the opportunity for you to pick up additional shifts. It will be important that you have the flexibility to cover mornings, afternoons and night shifts.

About you

We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills, who has experience in older person’s 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 qualification (or equivalent)*


*NZQA Level 3: New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing - Health Assistance Strand. (If not previously attained, must be completed within 2 years of commencement.)

About us

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is the main health service provider for New Zealand’s Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions, serving nearly 145,000 people across two main hospitals, public health and a range of community services. We provide a great place to work with professional development opportunities, job security, and workplace wellness programmes.

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What we offer

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

How to 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: N19-172

Applications close: Sunday 28th April

Permanent/Part Time, Casual

Job no: N19-172

Location: Alexandra Hospital

Closing Date: Sunday, 28 April 2019