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Mental Health and Addiction Roles

Experience something different here by working with whānau (family) to support individuals and alongside lived experience peer support workers.

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Our Most In Demand Roles

The publicly funded mental health and addiction workforce is spread across New Zealand through primary healthcare organisations, general practices, over 200 non-government organisations, and in Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora specialist healthcare settings.

We’re looking for talented people to fill vacancies in a variety of mental health and addiction roles. Check out some of our most in-demand roles below or reach out to our team to find out how we can match your skills to the right role. 

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Psychiatrists

Your skills are highly sought after in Aotearoa, New Zealand. With diverse case loads and flexible opportunities, you’ll wish you got here sooner.

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Mental Health Nurses

Be part of a supportive Mental Health Nursing community. Bring learning disability skills if you have them and passion for helping people and whānau (family).

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Psychologists

Your experience and knowledge as a Clinical Psychologist or specialisation in other areas in this field will be welcomed. Join us today!

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Addiction Practitioners

Our addiction workforce is varied and driven by a passion to support people and their whānau (family) get help. Be part of making a difference.

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Social Workers

Bring your empathy and passion to provide person-centred support for people and whānau (family). Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand!

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Occupational Therapists

Your skills and drive to help people identify activities and occupations meaningful to their life are in demand here. Join us and make a difference!

And Many More Roles!

Our mental health community and support workers are a crucial and fast-growing workforce here.

Bring your skills and passion to care for our most vulnerable in a wide range of roles, including Community Support Workers, Cultural Workers, Counsellors, Peer Support Workers and Diversional Therapists. 

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Making the move to New Zealand

Ready to find out more about the next steps?

There are requirements for joining us in paradise in a mental health and addictions role. These include Immigration New Zealand's Visa requirements to work legally in the country, and professional Registration Bodies' requirements to be able to practice here.

Learn more by clicking the pop-ups below

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Visa Pathways

Many mental health and addiction roles are on Tier 1 of New Zealand’s Green List and are eligible for the Straight to Residence Visa.

Kaiaraara Rock (The Duke's Nose) overlooking Whangaroa Harbour | NorthlandNZ

Visa Pathways

Roles on Tier 1 of New Zealand’s Green List are eligible for the Straight to Residence Visa.  

For other roles, you can come here for five years on an Accredited Employer Work Visa with a job offer from an accredited employer.

Types of Visas to Work in New Zealand:


Straight to Residence Visa 

With a Straight to Residence Visa you can apply for New Zealand residency before you arrive, provided you have a job offer from an accredited employer.

Your partner and dependent children aged 24 or younger can be included in your visa application. These are just some of the benefits that come with this visa class. 

For all roles, you need to: 

  • Meet health, character, and English language requirements
  • Gain registration or membership with professional bodies (see the registration section)
  • Ensure your pay is at least the median wage or above

Find your profession on New Zealand’s Green List. Most of our in-demand mental health roles are included there. 

Accredited Employer Work Visa

If you’re offered a job that’s not on New Zealand’s Green List, an accredited employer may ask you to apply for the Accredited Employer Work Visa.

It allows you to work temporarily in Aotearoa New Zealand for five years with options for pathways to residence if eligible. You need to meet the criteria, including being paid at least the median wage.  

 

Please register your interest with us to be told about available opportunities or see the job vacancies on Kiwi Health Jobs.

 

Visit Immigration NZ's website for more information

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Registration Requirements

Many mental health and addiction roles require you to be registered or belong to a membership body.

Auckland oceanside suburbs

Registration Requirements

Most mental health and addiction roles require you to be registered or belong to a membership body.

Specific requirements for roles on Immigration New Zealand's Tier 1 of New Zealand’s Green List can be found on their website.

Registration Bodies:

The information below is about our most in-demand roles. 

Psychiatrists - ANZSCO 253411 

You'll need to gain registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand 

Registered nurses (Mental Health) - ANZSCO 254422 

You'll need to gain registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand 

Psychologists - ANZSCO 272399 

You'll need to gain registration with the Psychologists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand 


Addiction practitioners - ANZSCO 272112
 

You'll need to gain registration with the Dapaanz – Addiction Practitioner’s Association Aotearoa New Zealand.

Social Workers – ANZSCO 272511 

You’ll need to gain registration with the Social Workers Registration Board.


Occupational Therapists – ANZSCO 252411
 

You’ll need to gain registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand. 

 

You can also talk to us or a prospective employer about registration requirements. 

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Mental Health and Addiction Settings

You could be working within Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora (our national health system), with non-government organisations (NGO) or community providers, all funded by the government.

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Health New Zealand Setting

Health New Zealand roles are in community mental health and addiction teams including child and young people, older persons, or a range of inpatient services, or you’ll be providing specialist consultation and liaison services to a range of health services.

Roles range from registered practitioners to support workers with lived experience.

Non-Government & Community Settings

Our NGO and community providers are integral to a highly developed sector and crucial in our health system. They include peer/lived experience led, Māori, Pacific and other providers and will get you working closely in diverse cultural settings. 

NGOs provide community health and well-being support, primary-level mental health and addiction services or specialist-level services including child and young people, community crisis respite and residential. 

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Our Workforce Statistics

  • 37% employed by NGO and community providers 
  • 47% are registered health professionals
  • 33% are Support Workers

Improving outcomes for all

We know how important mental health is for our wellbeing, our whānau (family) and our communities. Watch how we make a difference in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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We'd love to help. Reach out to us!

Moving to Aotearoa New Zealand is a fantastic opportunity and a big step, you’re not alone! Our team are here to guide you at every step of your new journey, so send us a message if you have any questions.