Anglican General Synod

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa

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Hospital Chaplain

Hospital Chaplain

Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy (ICHC)

Auckland Hospital, Te Whatu Ora – Te Taka Tumai Auckland

Hospital Chaplain (0.5 FT Mental Health and 0.5 FT General)


  • Unique opportunity to make a real difference in the provision of spiritual heath care for individuals, families, whanau in our care. 
  • Professional Development provided.
  • Full Time position.
  • Auckland Hospital based.

Auckland Hospital 

Your time will be divided between the General Wards of Auckland hospital, Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre and Te Whetu Tawera.

Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre is a specialist 40 bed inpatient mental health rehabilitation service for adults aged from 18 to 65 years however the majority are under 30 years.  It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available to people who live in the Te Toka Tumai and Waitemata districts.   The multi-disciplinary team, work alongside people in a therapeutic, recovery-oriented environment supporting their clinical and rehabilitation needs with the aim of re integration into the wider community. The length of stay ranges from six months to two years with the average being around one year. Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre is located in Pt Chevalier.

Te Whetu Tawera or “Evening Star” is an acute inpatient mental health unit for adults aged from 18 to 65 years. There are 58 beds over three wards:

  • Te Whitinga (an open ward with 23 beds including a dedicated space for vulnerable woman)
  • Te Kakenga (an open ward with 23 beds)
  • Te Tūmanako (a secure Intensive Care Unit with 12 beds)

Te Whetu Tawera operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and is a resource for adult mental health services working with individuals whose needs cannot be met in the community. 

Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team which includes Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers. Cultural support is provided for tangata whai i te ora and their whānau by a Kaumatua and Kai Atawhai.

he Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy (ICHC)

ICHC Is a collaboration of a broad range of churches, is committed to providing Christian Chaplains within Aotearoa New Zealand’s healthcare environment. 

As Chaplain you will be part of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, working with other Chaplains across the hospital providing holistic care to all.  You will gain experience and provide spiritual care to patients from every culture, life stage, denomination, faith-orientation, belief, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

Key responsibility areas:

  • Delivering spiritual healthcare to patients suffering ill health or accident, to their whānau, and to staff within a public hospital.
  • Responding to crisis calls from hospital staff, patients and whānau including "on call" hours.
  • Regularly, and on request, visiting wards and units to provide spiritual care and attend appropriate meetings within the hospital as guided by your Lead Chaplain.
  • Conducting spiritual and religious services and rituals in the hospital.
  • Collaborating in multi-disciplinary meetings, therapeutic groups and other processes as appropriate to role.
  • Teaming up and working positively as a unified Chaplaincy team in each Hospital.
  • Supporting colleagues within regional chaplaincy teams and across the Motu.
  • Training and supervision of Volunteer Chaplaincy Assistants as guided by the Lead Chaplain.

We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.

With your empathy and compassion, excellent listening and pastoral skills, and a good level of religious, spiritual, and theological understanding, this is an exciting and rewarding time to join our team. Your knowledge and experience in a ministry of pastoral care in a health or in faith community leadership will be key to your success. 

All applications must be submitted through the Seek site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered.

Please submit the following three items:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter and
  • Completed Application Form 

[N.B. These forms are also available on our website: ]

Closing Date: 4pm, Thursday 23rd March 2023



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