Senior Public Health Analyst (Mixed methods) Part time

26 Jun 2019 4:27 PM | Anonymous

Are you an experienced senior public health analyst passionate about improving the health of our population? Then we have the role for you.

As a Senior Public Health Analyst (Mixed Methods) in our public health unit Regional Public Health (RPH), you will have excellent analytical skills and the ability to scope, design and execute projects.  You will enjoy working alongside public health practitioners and fellow public health analysts in a supportive work culture.

You will engage well with internal and external stakeholders and be comfortable leading and supporting research, evaluation and analysis work from the very simple to the very complex.

Preference and aptitude for teamwork is essential, as is experience with mentoring others to develop their skills. You will also need to be a polished written and oral communicator able to present your work in crisp, simple language adapted to a variety of audiences.

Improving Māori 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 Māori is essential.

Key accountabilities and outcomes

  •  Assist in leading the planning, development and delivery of a comprehensive work programme to produce high quality public health intelligence.
  • Develop public health intelligence information that informs the targeting of RPH programmes/services, and helps to identify progress against the RPH priorities.
  • 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. 
  • Assist with descriptive epidemiology, quantitative analysis, data visualisation and report writing

 Essential skills and abilities

  • Post graduate qualifications in Public Health or similar, or equivalent extensive skills, experience and demonstrated competency in public health.
  • Competency 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.
  • Excellent oral communication skills including the ability to debate, listen, persuade and influence, and to provide information clearly and succinctly.
  • Excellent written communication skills including the ability to write reports, submissions, technical papers, minutes, letters to community groups, replies to complainants, and public information.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate complex and technical ideas to others in a manner appropriate for the intended audience.

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

For the job description, please click HERE

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

Please complete an online HVDHB application and apply HERE (Use job search tool on the left side and search for the job title or Job number: 9111945A-19). We are unable to accept applications via email. 

For further information on this role, including salary steps, please email Tara.D’ indicating the vacancy number and job title in the subject line.

This job applications will be open until Thursday, 11 July 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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