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Located at the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is a cosmopolitan city steeped in culture and personality. For the second year running, Wellington has topped Deutsche Bank's list of the world's ten most liveable cities, an accolade that seems clear when visiting the charismatic metropolis.
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Wellington is compact with a commanding mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Whether you want to unwind in one of the city’s many iconic cafes and eateries, or re-charge by taking a leisurely walk or bike ride around the glistening harbour and breathtaking hills, there is always something sure to satisfy.

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New Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Nursing

Opportunities in learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities)

If you’re a mental health or learning disability (intellectual disability) nurse looking for your next challenge in a vibrant yet tranquil environment, look no further.

There is an exciting opportunity for Registered Nurses to join our Learning Disability (Intellectual Disability) and forensic inpatient services based in Porirua—a beautiful suburb of Wellington.

These unique and rewarding roles provide an opportunity to work at a national level during a time of transformational change. Learning disability nurses are highly sought after and valued across New Zealand, and now is the time to take advantage of the variety, career progression and work-life balance.

About us

The Forensic Intellectual Disability Service includes adult, youth and community services and is part of the Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service covering three District Health Boards in the lower North Island of New Zealand.

We work to support each client to achieve a good life in the community that is enriching, meaningful, and free from offending.

As a national and regional provider of services, we are committed to implementing leading clinical practices and becoming a centre of excellence for NZ.

Both of our regional and national services are co-located at our campus 20km north of Wellington. The co-location of services provides staff with opportunities to explore generalist careers or to develop expertise in one of our specialist services such as ID Youth.

Ready for more?

We welcome applications from experienced ID trained nurses and look forward to discussing with you a future career with our service.

Our aim is to be a leader in the delivery of Learning Disability services at a regional and national level.This is an exciting career opportunity for suitable applicants keen to work in an innovative and best practice environment.

For the right candidate the service will offer:

  • A competitive salary package
  • Assistance in relocating to Wellington
  • Opportunities for professional development and career progression
  • Specialist in house training and work shops
  • Support for post graduate study
  • The opportunity to be part of a large tertiary hospital

You’ll need:

  • Post registration education/learning and experience relevant to the specialty area of intellectual disability/learning disability
  • An understanding of a forensic inpatient setting.
  • Registration with New Zealand Nursing Council
  • A current practising certificate.
  • A full NZ driving license.

To learn more about a role in learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities) contact:


Last updated 22 March 2022.