Vacancy: Chief Operating Officer

05 Apr 2019 4:24 PM | Anonymous

Public Health Association of New Zealand is looking a Chief Operating Officer 


Summary of your role

As the Chief Operating Officer you will be responsible for the efficient functioning of the Public Health Association’s National Office, Executive Council, branches and members and delivery of its services.  It is a diverse role requiring high level leadership, managerial, administrative, organisational and financial management skills.

As a vital part of our team, you’ll work with us to ensure that our members and friends receive excellent support and service in advocating for better health outcomes and health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You will be accountable for the work you do and contribute positively to future outcomes for the association and public health in New Zealand.

What we are looking for:

  •  Can you work as part of a small, committed and dedicated team?
  • Are you a self-starter but with flexibility and a willingness to take on new tasks and contribute to other work in the office as needed?
  • Do you have strong organisational skills and an interest in improving processes and systems?
  • Do you have a background in business, and/or accounting and have good business acumen?

Terms and conditions:

This is a Full Time (40 hours per week) Fixed Term position.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position description available here 

Further information and applications: Dr Prudence Stone prudence@pha.org.nz and our website https://www.pha.org.nz/

Closing date: Please send your application, including a full CV, by no later than 20 April 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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