Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer - PHANZ

18 Oct 2018 1:24 PM | Anonymous

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (Inc.) is a voluntary membership organisation for all those who see themselves as part of the public health workforce and are concerned about health equity.

Our vision is health equity in Aotearoa: Hauora mō te katoa. Oranga mō te ao. 

The PHANZ Executive Council is currently seeking expressions of interest for the role of chief executive. The incoming CE will lead their team in building on PHA’s existing strengths and reputation, and drive delivery on its key strategic priorities. As the PHA is a membership association, the new CE will be instrumental in ensuring all activities are aligned with the collective ambitions of our membership and our values:

  • Tika: integrity, honesty and transparency

  • Tino rangatiratanga: respect for the rights of all people

  • Manaakitanga: kindness, inclusiveness and empowerment

  • Kotahitanga: collective action and solidarity for the common good

  • Tautoko: decisions based on the best available evidence.

The successful applicant will have a relevant tertiary qualification, preferably in public health and/or management; a proven track record and have the following skills and experience:

      1. Strategic thinking and planning

      2. Leadership in a complex environment

      3. Management of a not for profit organisation

      4. Understanding of public health theory, competencies and practice

      5. Working across government and non-government sectors

      6. Commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

      7. Knowledge of equal employment opportunity principles and practice

      8. Communication – interpersonal as well as in a wide range of media

      9. The ability to motivate and inspire others towards a shared vision

      10. Political savoir faire

For those seeking a fresh challenge and the opportunity to contribute directly to the development of health equity nationally, this role represents a compelling career step.

To apply or to request further information email your cover letter and CV to   Applications close on 6 November 2018.

Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.To receive a position description, or to request additional information please email

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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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