Senior Public Health Analyst (Mixed Methods)

26 Apr 2019 10:46 AM | Anonymous

Hutt Valley DHB is looking for a Senior Public Health Analyst (Mixed Methods) 

About the service

Regional Public Health is one of the three larger public health units in New Zealand and as such often takes on a national leadership role. RPH provides public health services to the greater Wellington region, including Wairarapa (population of approximately 515,000).

You must have permanent residency or a valid long term working visa to be considered for this position.

About the role

Are you an experienced Senior Public Health Analyst with a passion for improving the health of our population? Then we have the role for you!

As our Senior Public Health Analyst (Mixed Methods) you will have excellent analytical skills, the ability to scope, design and execute projects and enjoy working alongside Public Health Practitioners, Senior Managers and fellow Public Health Analysts and external stakeholders.

You will be comfortable leading and supporting research, evaluation and analysis work from the very simple to the very complex.

A preference and aptitude for teamwork is essential, as is experience with mentoring and supporting others to develop their skills. You will also need to be a polished written and oral communicator that presents your work in crisp and simple language adapted to the needs of a variety of audiences.

Improving Maori health outcomes and reducing inequities are key priorities therefore commitment to improving health equity and experience in analysis and presentation of data that is accessible and relevant to Maori, is desirable.

Key accountabilities and outcomes:

·        Assist in leading the planning, development and delivery of a comprehensive work programme to produce high quality public health intelligence, that informs the targeting of RPH programmes/services

·        Be a professional lead for RPH in evaluation design, survey design and analysis, health needs assessment, and outcomes logic modelling, evaluation, and qualitative analysis

·        Lead and carry out a variety of evaluation projects over a wide range of topics, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods and data analysis

Skills and experience:

·        Post graduate qualifications in Public Health or similar, or equivalent extensive skills, experience and demonstrated competency in public health

·        Competent in a range of evaluation approaches, and ability to design evaluation to match the situation e.g. evaluating small community projects or RPH wide evaluations

·        Good understanding of epidemiology, statistical concepts and quantitative analysis


We offer a supportive workplace culture with a commitment to your on-going professional development. This includes; a comprehensive orientation programme, training and study opportunities, and peer support.

Staff benefits include discounts from many companies throughout the region, and use of our onsite gym.

How to apply

Please complete an online HVDHB application form by clicking the 'apply now' button or through our careers website: Please note: We are unable to accept applications via email.

For further information on this role, please email tara.d' and indicate the vacancy number 9111945-19 and job title in the subject line.

This is a part-time position for 32 hours per week. The days and hours are negotiable.

Applications close Friday, 17 May 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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