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The Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) 3DHB AH-NESP programme was established in 2016 to equip and support new graduate occupational therapists and social workers to work in our specialised context.

The programme consists of:

Each year we select two occupational therapists and two social workers within their first two post-graduate years for the programme. The graduates are employed on a fixed term 0.9 FTE contract for the duration (February to December). At the end of the programme, although there is no guarantee, most graduates go on to permanent employment within MHAIDS 3DHB.

Clinical practice contexts include adult, youth, forensic, early intervention, intellectual disability, Māori mental health and addictions, Pasifika mental health and addictions, and acute mental health and addictions.

Ideal candidates would:

  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree in either social work or occupational therapy
  • be registered or provisionally registered (for social work, you would have submitted your documentation to the Social Workers Registration Board)
  • have a full driver’s licence
  • be committed to both working and studying for the year
  • have a passion for the mental health and addictions field of practice.

Application process

Applications generally open in October of each year and can be made via our job vacancy website.

For further information

 Megan Owens, Allied Health New Entry to Specialist Practice (AH-NESP) coordinator


Phone: 027 271 6149

Last updated 20 February 2018.