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Kaitūruki - Alcohol and other drugs Practitioner (Waiora Hinengaro)

Location: Whanganui

Employment Type: Fixed term

About the organisation

Based in beautiful Whanganui Te Oranganui is a kaupapa Māori organisation who offers a range of health and wellbeing services for whānau in the Whanganui region and surrounding districts. 

Waiora Hinengaro provide mental health & addiction services to support tāngata whai ora in their journey back to health and wellbeing, which is also underpinned in the belief that people can find their own strengths to live the life the way they want, utilising whānau as key contributors.

Waiora Hinengaro have a number of support services that support a full spectrum of tāngata whai ora such as:

  • Rangatahi / Tamariki

  • Te Whare Mahana

  • Whakahaumanu Mana Tane

About the role:

The role of Kaitūruki (AOD Practitioner) is to provide AOD services to tangata whai ora in their recovery and wellness journey using the fundamental values of Tikanga Māori, whānau ora and the skills and knowledge of alcohol and other drug work. You will Carry an active caseload requiring support to change use and facilitate the AOD group with others .


About you:

The ideal applicant will have:​

  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills

  • Understand and be committed to improving health outcome for Māori

  • Open to different perspectives of tangata whai ora

  • Believe in and can implement the recovery approach

  • Well organised and can prioritise

  • Able to maintain confidentiality

  • Is acceptable to whānau, hapū and iwi and Māori community

  • Creative and innovative 

Who You Are

Essential Experience & Qualifications 

  • National qualification or equivalent in alcohol and other drug work qualifications that meets DAPAANZ requirements for a practitioner

  • Experience working with alcohol and other drug work or mental health services

Physical Attributes 

  • Must be able to function in rapidly changing and demanding conditions when required 

  • A high degree of mental concentration is required 

  • Ability to move about and undertake necessary duties in a prison environment 

  • The appointee must not have a health condition that will put self or others at risk

Other requirements of this position: 

  • Current, clean, NZ full driver's license

  • Can use word processor for communication needs including word processing, communication and internet research

  • Must be able to pass Te Oranganui's background check

We offer a warm whānau focused work environment with a wide variety of benefits, such as:

  • Kaupapa Māori organisation

    • Regular Kapa haka and waiata

    • All staff Karakia & Mihi every morning

  • SuperLife Funeral Insurance

  • EAP & Supervision

  • Workplace wellness programme

    • Whānau events and activities

    • Diverse work environment

  • Workplace development

  • Applicants for this position must have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit


Please include:

  • Covering letter

  • Up to date CV

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