Public Health Physician / Medical Officer of Health

25 Jun 2019 11:23 AM | Anonymous

Hawke’s Bay District Heath Board has an excellent opportunity for a specialist who is looking for a new and exciting challenge in their Public Health Medicine career.

The post is a permanent 0.8 FTE role (negotiable). Duties and areas of responsibility will be negotiated with the Clinical and Executive Directors for the Health Improvement and Equity Directorate. 

You will be working in a centre of excellence for NZ Public Health practice that provides both professional challenges and a highly collegial work environment. You will be passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of our people and about eliminating health inequities experienced by disadvantaged groups within our community.

Your strengths will include:

  • An ability to think strategically being conscious of the ‘big picture’ both globally and locally.  You will have a sound appreciation of current and future directions for Public Health and be able to apply this to the Hawke’s Bay context.
  • An ability to adapt quickly to new environments
  • To work effectively as both team member and leader
  • An ability to investigate and manage communicable disease outbreaks and to assess and manage environmental health incidents is essential
  • An ability to provide leadership in evaluating and developing health improvement programmes and public health services.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills, including the ability to apply them to the area of community consultation and liaison. 
  • An ability to build relationships and work effectively with Tangata Whenua (first nation people) and other minority communities.

Hawke’s Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, is famous for its warm and sunny climate and bountiful produce. The region’s population of 166,000 is spread between the twin cities of Hastings and Napier, and the surrounding countryside and towns.  The region is undergoing significant growth and is a great place for families with a number of excellent state schools and easy access to recreational opportunities.  Overall Hawke’s Bay offers an enviable lifestyle for you and your family - you won’t want to leave!  For more information on Hawke’s Bay’s lifestyle see here.

Applications for the above position are invited from Registered Specialists in Public Health Medicine or eligible for vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. Applications may also be considered from Medical Practitioners with an interest in public health and epidemiology or final year Public Health Medicine Registrars looking for experience in a supportive Public Health Unit.

If you have any questions about this position please contact Dr Nicholas Jones (Clinical Director) at

To view the position profile please click HERE. Please apply online HERE

The Values of the Hawke’s Bay health sector are: 

He kauanuanu - Respect
- Improvement
Rāranga te tira
- Teamwork
Tauwhiro - Care

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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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