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We require staff 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, and include permanent, part time, full time and casual staff.

If you are interested in working with our residents, please contact us with your CV and preferred working times

and days plus a completed application form.

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Odyssey House is a large not for profit organisation with a diverse range of roles around Canterbury. We collaborate with other service providers in the sector.

Odyssey House currently employs:

Alcohol and drug counselors,

nurses, staff graduates, social workers,

administrator / finance managers,

kaumatua, woodwork tutors and

consumer advocates.


Please apply by sending your application

form, Police Vetting Form, CV and cover letter.

Contact Odyssey House
PO Box 34009


Careers at Odyssey House Christchruch

For all applications you need to complete an application form and Police Vetting form.

Police Form

Application Form

CYF Consent to Release Information

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Registered Nurse 
•    Addictions and Mental Health client base
•    16-20 hours per week

For over 30 years, Odyssey House Trust Christchurch has been working with clients affected by drug and alcohol addiction, mental health and related issues. 
Our residential services (Men, Women and Youth) require the support of a Registered Nurse to work alongside our residents and clinical staff to ensure health matters are integrated into treatment.

In this role, you will be
•    Running a clinic as rostered to assess the general health needs of our residents
•    Attending doctor visits, or following up on visit outcomes.
•    Working alongside the Pharmacy and other specialist medical providers
•    Training staff to administer medications 
•    Overseeing Medi Map (the system we use to administer medications)
•    Providing education to our residents to become more health focused.
•    Ensuring medications and infection control policies are being adhered to

Rostered hours can be across 3-4 days of the week, and can be flexible around clinics.

To be successful in this role, you will
•    Be a NZ registered nurse 
•    Experience working with clients in the addiction or mental health sector
•    Have excellent organisation skills
•    Show strong interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with residents, colleagues, and other health providers. 

To apply email 
For more information, phone Karen Fordyce on 027 232 0353

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Support Worker - Adult Men’s Residential Service

Saturday, Sunday, Monday

For over 30 years, Odyssey House Christchurch has had a mission to improve the wellbeing of individuals, family and community affected by drug and alcohol addiction, mental health and related issues
The position supports 20 adult male residents in their alcohol and drug treatment and recovery with a particular focus on community.

In this role, you will:
•    Take part in community activities including meal preparation and recreation activities
•    Facilitate group work as scheduled
•    Work along side our residents in their day to day activities
•    Manage administration processes for medications, handovers and resident requests

To be successful in this role, you will
•    Be a qualified Support Worker or working towards a Level 4 qualification
•    Experience working with clients in the mental health or addiction sector
•    Have excellent organisation skills, being able to respond to proactive and reactive requirements of the residents 
•    Be competent with computers and databases
•    Show good interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with residents, family/whanau, colleagues, and other health providers. 
•    Have the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Other hours may be available on a casual basis. For a copy of the job description, click here.
To apply email 

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Peer Support Worker

· Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives?

· Do you have personal lived experience of Addiction?

· 20 hours per week

For over 35 years, Odyssey House Trust Christchurch has been working with clients affected by drug and alcohol addiction, mental health and related issues. We focus on the wellbeing of individuals, family and community.


We are looking for a Peer Support worker with lived experience of alcohol and other drug to work with clients in the community. You will work within a supportive team to co-facilitate groups and meet with clients individually using your lived experience to support them through treatment.


The preferred applicant will

· have a Level 4 Mental Health and Addictions qualification (or be willing to work towards this).

· Lived experience of addiction and treatment

· Be living in recovery

· Work flexibly throughout the week in normal business hours and an evening as rostered.


If this sounds like you, please send us your CV or find out more about us at If you have questions, or want to apply contact us on

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Community Aftercare Worker

· Men’s Drug and Alcohol Service

· Housing and Employment focus

· 20 hours per week


Aftercare is a key role in our residential service, working within the house and within the wider community. Aftercare support is pivotal in our resident’s journey to wellbeing.


Odyssey House Christchurch has been providing drug and alcohol treatment programmes for over 35 years. Our Men’s Residential programme offers a mix of clinical approaches including Māori and Pasifika concepts of health and wellbeing from a Therapeutic Community model.


As part of our residential team, you will build upon the proud history of Odyssey in Canterbury, and ensure Aftercare services meet clients’ needs in the current world.


In this role, you will be working within the Aftercare team

· Holding a caseload of aftercare clients, which you will check in regularly with.

· Facilitating groups to support transition to housing and employment.

· Developing robust community supports, attending appointments with clients and linking them with other agencies.

· Having one on one and whanau meetings to ensure transition hurdles are being overcome

· Building relationships with employers to find suitable work experiences for our clients.

· Being a part of the residential team, contributing to day to day activities to build relationships with the clients so that tailored aftercare plans can be created.


To be successful, you will have:

· A level 4 health qualification preferably in health or social work (or be willing to work towards this)

· Experience with the IPS framework (Individual Placement and Support) or willing to learn.

· Skills in group delivery and individual interventions

· Excellent professional judgement and strong boundaries

· Excellent time management skills to juggle multiple tasks

· Ability to take initiative, be flexible and think out the box

· Full Drivers Licence as this role is based within the community

· A high level of understanding of tikanga Māori and its importance within this setting


This role is 20 hours per week. This role is remunerated under the Support Worker pay equity rates.

All applicants should include a CV and cover letter. Email

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Health Coach

o    Passionate about the health of our community? 
o    Thrive working in a fast-paced work environment?  
o    Halswell area
About the Role 

Te Tumu Waiora - te reo for ‘to head towards wellness’ - is a new model of healthcare, which aims to provide all New Zealanders experiencing challenges with access to convenient, high quality, integrated and person-centered care and support. The model has been rolled out nationally.

Odyssey House is an established NGO working with people around mental health, addictions and wellbeing. We work within the Te Tumu Waiora collaboration, providing resources on health, mental health and wellbeing as part of a general practice team.  

This Health Coach role aims to connect directly with patients and assist them in making any necessary changes to improve their health and wellbeing and work towards an achievable healthcare plan. The role involves being an integral part of the general practice team, working directly with whāiora (in search of wellbeing) and their whānau to help improve their mental health and wellbeing.  

This role is based full time in the Halswell / South West area of Christchurch.

Successful applicants will receive comprehensive training and ongoing mentoring. 

We are looking for someone who has: 

  • An interest in supporting and motivating people to improve their own physical health and wellbeing  

  • The ability to learn quickly and be able to adapt to ever changing situations 

  • Able to work with a diverse population and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary primary care team 

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • With good organisational and time management skills 

  • Ability to adhere to evidence based models and practices 

  • Willingness to work with groups and one on one with people 

  • A National Certificate in Health & Wellbeing (level 4) or equivalent 

Closing date for application is 30 August 2023

For more information visit:

Or contact:  Vinod at Odyssey House Trust Christchurch  on 021 380 365

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Youth Worker

Weekend Shifts

Odyssey House Christchurch provides treatment and services for those experiencing issues with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and related issues.


Our Youth Residential Programme supports youth who are living with us for 3-4 months receiving schooling, treatment and recreation activities. You will work with another staff member to engage in recreation activities, family work and weekend education which is scheduled by the clinicians. There are meals to prepare and activities to attend, so you have to be prepared to pitch in and engage positively and to the programme schedule.


You will have:

  • Experience in youth work or relevant experience in alcohol & drug treatment, or studying towards a qualification

  • Good communication and organisational skills

  • Ability to work with youth at risk

  • Ability to deal with difficult situations with a calm and professional manner.

  • Ability to commit to weekend shifts. These could be Sat or Sun 8.30 – 3.30 or for the whole weekend (40 hours) on an overnight tramp or similar activity.

Other shifts may be available to support the 24 x 7 roster.


Please apply by sending an application form, CV and covering letter. Please see our website for application forms - or enquiries to

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AOD Practitioner

· Do you want to make a real difference in people’s lives?

· 40 Hours per week

· Group facilitation a strength?

Odyssey House provides residential, prison and community based programmes for people with drug/alcohol concerns.

A key community based programme is Hapori Ora, an intensive, non residential programme which runs day, evening and Saturday morning groups. Using clinical and non clinical approaches, this programme offers a holistic approach around alcohol and drug use. Family and Peer Support is also available as part of this programme.


We are looking for an experienced Alcohol and Other Drug Practitioner to engage in this small, dedicated and friendly team of clinicians and peer support team members. As well as facilitating groups, and working one on one with clients, you will work alongside people in the referral and post treatment stages.


The preferred applicant will

· hold a Level 7 or above health related qualification

· have experience in AOD and/or mental health work

· be keen to work in a busy and varied role

· be able to work 40 hours per week, with flexibility to cover some evening and Saturday groups as rostered.

· be registered with an allied health body ie Social Work, Occupational Therapy, NZAC


Relocation support is available for out of town candidates.

Any questions can be directed to Vinod on 021 380 365

Please apply by sending an application using a CV and covering letter to

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