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Support Workers – Complex Supports, Blenheim

Job posted: 09/07/2024
Job closes: 08/08/2024

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Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora - Nelson/Marlborough

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Job Description

Complex Supports - including Residential, Respite and Physical Disability Support

Live Life Disability Support - Blenheim

Mission: Supporting people to live the best possible life

Please note - we are only considering applications from people who are entitled to work in NZ, at the time of applying.

  • Do you connect well with children (tamariki), youth (rangitahi) and adults (pakeke)?
  • Can you focus on the ability and not the disability?
  • Can you look at a caterpillar and see the beauty ready to spread its wings?
  • Can you think outside the square?
  • Can you understand the need to maintain professional boundaries?
  • Can you follow instructions and stick to the plan and be a great team player?

If so, then you must be who we are looking for! We already know you treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect because you understand the principles of inclusion and equality. We can tell you are genuinely interested in working in the disability sector and we hope to speak with you!

Diversity enriches our lives, and you will work with people who are as unique as you, whether this be the people we support, or your team. The people we support have a variety of challenges they face daily, and we need you to walk alongside knowing that every day is not going to run smoothly. You will love the challenge because a run of the mill job isn't for you!

Within complex supports (and don't let the name put you off, we are all complex in our own way) we work with children and youth from birth to 18 years and young adults, and adults aged 18 years to end of life. Of our services we have children's respite; however, most are people living as flatmates in permanent residential settings including our individual services for youth and adults, and our family partnership model.

So, when we are talking about disability - what does this mean? You could work with a person who has an intellectual and/or physical impairment, brain injury, alcohol related dementia and other conditions such as Huntington's or multiple sclerosis.

N.B. Live Life Disability Support are part of Health NZ l Te Whatu Ora Nelson/Marlborough. However, we are not medical/clinical service. We are a community-based disability support service focused on quality-of-life outcomes and the Enabling Good Lives Principles.

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

We usually work on a fixed fortnightly roster pattern and try to give everyone at least one weekend per fortnight off, although this is not always possible. We have full-time, permanent part-time, flexi, casual, sleepovers (attached to afternoon shifts) and awake roles available for you to apply for.

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

We are looking for people from all walks of life with a can-do attitude who can work with children and adults as part of a proactive support team. You will follow individual plans and understand the importance of consistency in assisting people to achieve a great life.

We're looking for people who have:

  • a sense of humour, energy, passion and enthusiasm
  • optimism, are self-motivated and a great communicator
  • an honest and genuine desire to work in disability
  • patience, flexibility and are empathetic
  • good written and spoken language skills in English
  • basic maths and computing knowledge
  • confidence in assisting with personal cares
  • a current full NZ driver's licence (confident driving both automatic and manual vehicles)
  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 2 to 4) or equivalent is preferred, or the willingness to complete this level of study in the workplace.

Your hourly rate will be $24.41 to $30.17 dependent upon your qualifications as recognised under the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act 2017.

This position is classified by Immigration as ANZSCO 423111 and applicants for this position must be NZ or Australian Citizens, or have NZ Permanent Residency, or a valid NZ visa at the time of applying.

Appointment and ongoing employment will be conditional upon criminal record/police checks - you must declare any convictions and/or pending charges on your application form. This will include checks under the Children Act 2014 and a CYRAS check.

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

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

For role related enquiries please contact one of the following people: Maria Julkunen - Group Leader at or Karen Wyllie, Group Leader at or M. 022 012 7651.

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

Health NZ - Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough 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.

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