Mental Health Assistants – Alexandra Hospital

Older Persons’ Mental Health

Location:  Alexandra Hospital,  Richmond (Nelson)


1 x casual position working on an as required basis

1 x permanent 0.75FTE working an average of 60 hours a fortnight on a (3 on, 3 off) roster

  • Join the team providing care to older members of our community 
  • Opportunity to learn and further develop your skills
  • Care giving experience is required

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana 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.

The full-time equivalent salary for this role is $48,368 - $60,610 (Steps 1 to 5) of the current Mental Health & Public Health Nursing MECA based on relevant qualifications and experience. Penal rates and shift allowances are in addition to this. 

The casual position will be covering staff leave and periods of peak service demand, working on an as required basis. This includes morning, afternoon and night shifts, including weekends and school holidays. Please note that there are no guarantee minimum hours of employment for casual employees. However, the more available you are, the more shifts you will be offered. 

The permanent position will be working an average of 60 hours a fortnight on a ‘3 on, 3 off’ rotating roster. Preference given to applicants who can work mornings, afternoons and nights.  Applicants need to be available for weekends and school holidays.  There will be the opportunity to work additional shifts. 

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

We are looking for people with excellent communication skills, who have experience in older persons’ health care and 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) and if not previously attained needs to be completed within two years of commencement.

Te Whatu Ora staff are required to have completed their primary course of two NZ approved COVID-19 vaccinations.

Ngā 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. 

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) 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, and the Richmond and Marlborough Health Hubs, 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.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

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

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 539 5746.

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

Apply now, it’s easy. Please complete our online application form. 


Applications close: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received, so we encourage you to apply early. 

Te Whatu Ora strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence. He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

Apply now

Permanent/Part Time, Casual

Job no: N23-MHA-Alex-May

Location: Alexandra Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled