Team Leader Community & Public Health

06 Mar 2019 3:19 PM | Anonymous


West Coast District Health Board is looking for a Team Leader Community & Public Health.

This full time permanent role based in Greymouth Office. 

Ideally you will have experience in leading teams in the Community & Public Health space.

Passion for Public Health, Excellent communication & relationship building skills.

To apply for the job, click here


Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

 

The Team: What we do

Our team are responsible for providing community & public health services across Canterbury and the West Coast. This role specifically is based in our Greymouth Office and working with our West Coast DHB team to enable welleing and equitrt of outcomes for everyone on the West Coast. This role will be responsible for staff across the West Coast from the Buller region in the north to South Westland.  

 

The Role: Where you fit it

Your days will be filled with:

  • Leading our team of Health Promoters & Heath protection Officers and supporting them in their day to day activities.
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with external organisation’s  
  • You will be supported by our leadership who will provide guidance and oversight for staff and projects.

We are looking for someone with the following traits.

  • Ability to manage diverse tasks & deliver in tight timeframes
  • High attention to detail and outstanding interpersonal skills
  • A knowledge and understanding of the West Coast community would be an advantage.

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

 

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity. 

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

 

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

 

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.


Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Simon Liddy

Email: simon.liddy@cdhb.health.nz

 

Closing Date: Sunday, 24 March 2019 

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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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