Clinical Psychologist Mental Health - Rimutaka Prison

Ara Poutama Aotearoa / Department of Corrections

  • Permanent
  • Wellington
  • Contribute to enhancing the oranga of the people in our management
  • New full-time perm role based at Rimutaka Prison, Trentham, Upper Hutt
  • Exciting opportunity to work in the newly formed mental health team at Rimutaka Prison
  • Professional development opportunities
  • International relocation assistance offered to qualified professionals

'Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi'  –  ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is committed to providing high quality psychological approaches to the people in our management.  Humanising and healing is one of the key principles of Hōkai Rangi, our over-arching strategic direction. 

Mō te tūnga | About the role

We are seeking a Psychologist to join our new mental health team based at Rimutaka Prison. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the landscape of Mental Health service provision within Ara Poutama Aotearoa for years to come. As a Psychologist, you will be working as part of the Intervention and Support Practice team, dedicated to providing high quality mental health support and treatment to the most vulnerable people in our care. Your role as part of the wider multi-disciplinary team will be to provide psychological services to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of people in our care.

Effective clinical caseload management will include psychological triage, assessment and evidence informed treatments that are aligned to best practice mental health service provision.   A key component of your role will be promoting the delivery of holistic and recovery-oriented health services across the prison environment.  Our teams are committed to modelling expert clinical practice and ensure a strong focus on Humanising and Healing - respecting the human dignity and inherent mana of all people in our care, and their whānau.

Our Psychologists enjoy genuine work-life balance, a competitive salary, professional developmental opportunities, clinical and cultural supervision, and an environment with a vibrant and supportive team culture. 

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We invite applications from qualified individuals who are truly aligned with our kaupapa and who can evidence within a cover letter how they meet the following lead requirements:

  • NZ Psychologist registration with a Masters' Degree in Psychology (Clinical or Counselling);
  • Demonstrable experience providing psychological assessment and evidence-based treatment;
  • Experience or a strong willingness to work with Kaupapa Māori frameworks and services;
  • Clear and concise communication skills – both written and verbal; and
  • Strong people engagement, relationship-building and collaboration skills.

Mō mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu. 

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy - Hōkai Rangi (

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Are you interested? Submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) that describes your motivation and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities that meet the above criteria.  Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you also consider providing examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values.

Should you have any queries regarding the role please feel free to contact Martin Quinn, Clinical Manager Mental Health, Rimutaka Prison via email

Applications close 11pm on Sunday 26 Sept 2021.   The interview selection process will include a case study exercise.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at



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