Service Manager Public Health Taranaki Base Hospital, New Plymouth Permanent, full time (1.0FTE)

13 Sep 2017 11:33 AM | Anonymous

Do you possess the ability to inspire and motivate others to become leaders of excellence? 
Are you a strategic thinker and influencer who is skilled at developing strong and effective relationships across sectors? 

Would you like an opportunity to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our local population? 
Are you seeking a leadership role supporting change within an agile and innovative public health environment? 

If the answer to the above is yes, then this may be the leadership opportunity for you! 

The world is changing rapidly. It has been said that “any business still doing business as they did in the 20th century will not survive in the 21st century”. Many of the health issues currently facing New Zealand are complex and very difficult to solve. The Taranaki Public Health Unit has recognised this and has recently engaged in a strategic planning process to respond to this challenge. Our vision is to be considered a ‘Centre of Excellence’ which is recognised for the quality of our public health expertise and specialist population health advice across Taranaki by 2022. First and foremost we want to be acknowledged as a champion of health equity in Taranaki who is not afraid to tackle those complex public health problems that require new ways of working and problem solving. 

We are looking for an inspirational and motivated Service Manager Public Health who is committed to health equity and improving M?ori Health outcomes; who is not afraid to say “yes!” even though it may never have been tried before; and who is skilled at building a high performing team to deliver high quality public health services. 

Reporting to the General Manager Planning, Funding & Population Health, the Services Manager will provide both operational planning and leadership for the Public Health Unit (PHU), the Regional Screening Unit (RSU) and a small portfolio of contracted population health services. A background in public health is desirable but not essential as strong leadership skills are the most important criteria we are seeking. Knowledge of Te Ao M?ori and Tikanga M?ori would be also be desirable. 

The Service Manager will oversee service delivery and the implementation of the PHU Strategic Plan and Annual Plan, contribute to agreed projects within the service and provide the day to day management of the service. The Services Manager will play a lead role in ensuring the PHU works smarter and more strategically across sectors with key stakeholders, taking a ‘Health in All Policies’ (HiAP) approach and identifying opportunities where we can work together more collaboratively on shared population health outcomes. 

To be successful in this role, you’ll need an understanding of and a proven ability in related areas: 
A commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles of partnership, participation and protection 
Providing operational business management and leadership to team leaders and their designated teams 
A commitment to excellence and continual quality improvement within a learning environment 
Ability to influence and work collaboratively with other agencies working towards shared objectives 
Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to create effective working relationships 
Come and live in the region that has just been named the world's second top region to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet ! 

In Taranaki, it is easy to achieve an enviable lifestyle without having to compromise your career path. The region’s amazing mountain, rivers, lakes, fantastic coastline and outstanding surfing and tramping opportunities, masses of parks and gardens, as well as a major events calendar, make it a great place to live and work. 

The Taranaki District Health Board is a large organisation (1,800 staff, $325m cost-centre) operating in the exciting, changing Health sector. 

For further information, you are welcome to contact Channa Perry on 027 4460196 or  

To apply for the role, click here

Closing date for applications: 22 September 2017. 

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Letter to the Listener 28 July 2017 in response to Fever Pitch (Listener 21 July 2017)

Catherine Woulfe’s thorough investigation of rheumatic fever brings to the surface a range of important questions not only about this cruel disease, but also wider issues about health policy. The Government’s bold initiative to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever as one of its 'Better Public Service' targets in 2012 certainly raised awareness of rheumatic fever for the general public as well as communities and families directly affected. But even when medical science and the public have a clearer understanding of the immediate causes of rheumatic fever, interventions like the $65m ‘sore throats matter’ still won’t stop the epidemic. 

Ramona Tiatia’s blunt description of the experience of affected families not only painted a picture of the impact on affected families and communities, it also highlighted the invidious choices our health funders face.  How much should we prioritise health spending between response to the urgent need of young people whose lives and potential can be devastated by the disease versus the expense of addressing the economic and social factors that underlie the reasons we have this epidemic at all?   

As several of the clinicians interviewed pointed out, it’s only when the poverty and over-crowded housing issues are addressed that we will make a real difference.

Rheumatic fever illustrates the contradictions in our health system identified in the recent American Commonwealth Fund report. Of the 11 countries the Fund monitors, the work our health professionals do is ranked among the highest. But our overall performance as a health system falls to the middle ranking because of our poor performance on access and equity. The Fund also notes that our per capita expenditure is among the cheapest. 

Failure to invest in real prevention - that is, poverty, housing, good nutrition etc. - will continue to drive conditions like rheumatic fever, whether the immediate cause is strep throat or skin sores, until we invest upstream.

Why not spend more on these conditions - the economic and social determinants of health? 

We all pay in the long run - the young people whose misery we tolerate and whose potential remains unfulfilled, the families whose sacrifices are unrewarded, and the taxpayer who picks up the tab.

Ngā mihi,
Warren Lindberg

CE Public Health Association of New Zealand


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