Oral Health Promotion Manager

10 Jun 2019 9:50 AM | Anonymous

New Zealand Dental Assoc. is looking for an Oral Health Promotion Manager

An excellent opportunity has arisen for someone with a high degree of initiative to join a busy, high performing and collaborative team.

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) are the chosen advocates for dental professionals nationwide and provides consistently strong and leading oral health promotion initiatives nationally.

As the Oral Health Promotion Manager, you will be responsible for the efficient, effective and customer focused delivery of a range oral health promotion and advocacy activities. Reporting directly to the CEO, this role offers interesting, varied and stimulating work.

To be successful in this role you will be a strong team player and are likely to have a sound knowledge of the oral health sector and understanding of the oral health needs of New Zealand communities.

Ideal person profile:

  • Ability to work autonomously and display ideas and initiatives
  • Ability to deliver efficient and effective solutions and outcomes to improve oral health of New Zealanders
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of organisations and communities Well-developed communication skills with the ability to produce high quality written work Strong oral and presentation skills Excellent relationship management skills
  • Enthusiasm and a great attitude

This is a full-time position based in our modern offices in Ellerslie, although the position would occasionally require some travel within NZ.

All applications must include a covering letter and CV.

For job description and to send applications please email deepa@nzda.org.nz

Only candidates with the right to work in NZ will be considered.

Applications close on 16 June 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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