Current Public Health Vacancies

Lecturer | Senior Lecturer | Associate Professor in Māori Health

Pūkenga | Pūkenga Matua | Ahorangi Tuarua i te hauora Māori

School of Health Sciences | Te Kura Mātai Hauora

College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand | Ōtautahi, Aotearoa

Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mātai hauora ā-hapori whānui? He pōwhiri atu tēnei nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai te hunga i te tūranga Pūkenga, Pūkenga Matua rānei i Te Kura Mātai Hauora i Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.

What You Will Do

Applications are invited for an academic continuing position in Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences in the area of Maori Health. The holder of the position will provide contributions to the delivery of coursework, research supervision, and administrative duties related to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within Health Sciences. Priority will be given to those with expertise in the following areas: community focused health services, health programme design and evaluation, epidemiology, health informatics and/or population health in the areas of nutrition, diverse populations and/or addressing health inequities, however those with strengths/expertise in other areas are welcome to apply.

In addition the successful candidate will be active in research and scholarship, and where appropriate, be involved in applications for funding to support that work. You will develop a track record of peer reviewed research publications, acquiring peer recognition for your research and scholarly work is also important.

Who You Are

An active commitment to continuing professional development, including bicultural professional development, and applying that learning in everyday practice is expected. This includes a commitment to upholding the values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the mana whenua. Ability in te reo Māori me āna tikanga would be an advantage.

For information on our team, School and our current undergraduate and postgraduate programmes follow the links School of Health Sciences, the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, and the Postgraduate qualification in Child and Family Psychology.

Who You Will Work With

Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and research activities that respond to the dynamic nature of the health sector and its workforce. These include the undergraduate Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and various population health and clinical endorsements within the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters of Health Sciences. Other postgraduate programmes include Child and Family Psychology, Counselling, Nursing, Sport Science, and Specialist Teaching. You will develop relationships with Amokapua Pākākano | Amokapua Māori, Pacific and Equity working with UC's Maori Development Strategy and UC's Bicultural Competence and Confidence Framework.

The School offers these exciting research and teaching opportunities through its new home, the Rehua building, a world class facility located in the heart of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury Ilam Campus with modern digital technologies and innovative learning and social spaces that encourage collaboration and multidisciplinary ways of working. UC is also a partner with space in Manawa, the new health research and education facility in Christchurch's Te Papa Hauora / Health Precinct; bringing together health researchers and PhD students to collaborate and innovate alongside Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB)clinical staff.

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The University of Canterbury is a leading University in New Zealand, with over 15,000 students across five colleges. We are located in Christchurch - the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us;

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 6 September 2020 (midnight, NZ time)

How to Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online through our careers website and should include:

a 'cover letter' including a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to develop a successful Health Sciences team, and

a 'curriculum vitae' which includes a list of relevant research publications.

Unfortunately we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Professor Philip Schluter,

Job Details

Reference # 2640

Posted on 10 Jul 2020

Closes on 06 Sep 2020 23:55

Location(s) Christchurch

Expertise Health, Lecturer

Job level(s) Academic

Work type(s) Continuing (Permanent) full-time

More details (document)

Position description 1 PositionDescription_Lecturer.pdf

Position description 2 PositionDescription_SeniorLecturer.pdf

Position description 3 PositionDescription_AssociateProfessor.pdf

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  • 12 Dec 2019 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    Finally the movie you've all been waiting for! PHA's scorecards for the DHB elections!

    In this video our CEO Dr Prudence Stone, Wellington branch member Dr Jude Ball and the previous branch co-chairs Ramil Adhikari and Nita Brown discuss PHA's scorecard campaign.  Three of our branches, Wellington, Canterbury/West Coast and Otago/Southland,  were involved this year in this very successful campaign and we hope next time around more of our branches will join in.

  • 12 Dec 2019 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    Report by Governing Council Representative to Asia Pacific, Adrian Te Patu (PHANZ) World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)

    The Institute of Global Health, reception of the World Health Assembly (WHA)

    The Swiss Permanent Mission of Geneva invited the WFPHA governing council, including the Indigenous Working Group, to join the 194 member country delegations to the WHA opening reception. This high level soirée was a perfect opportunity to promote the WFPHA, indigenous public health and the PHANZ. I was able to spend time with Pacific Forum delegates to discuss public health issues unique to our region, and for those who live in Aotearoa. It was particularly rewarding to meet the delegation from Tuvalu who was to host the Pacific Forum in August. Our host Switzerland promoted various global health-based search initiatives from academic and research partners that base themselves in Geneva. This special evening was co-hosted by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    WFPHA International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop 2019

    It was my privilege to offer an indigenous lens as a member of an international panel of the International Vaccination & Capacity Workshop hosted on May 22nd at the University of Geneva. This was enormously successful, registering over 300 public health professionals, doctors, diplomats, professors and students from across the globe. This was in addition to over 25,000 live-stream engagements. The workshop was full of robust and stimulating discussions between the audience (both in person and online) and our 20 high-level eloquent speakers from various health sectors around the world. These interactions offered a strong interdisciplinary insight into the challenges and potential solutions around vaccinations and capacity. Speakers discussed strategies and good practices to increase primary prevention through increased capacity (from human to infrastructure to sustainable investments and beyond) applied to the vaccination context. From the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to Strep A vaccination strategy research to arresting rheumatic heart disease in south & west Auckland, the full day workshop was a truly valuable global discussion.

    Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD s) Workshop - Indigenous Working Group (IWG) of WFPHA

    I was able to co-host and speak at this workshop which began by acknowledging that NCDs contribute to 70% of deaths globally. Indigenous people, however, often carry a higher burden of disease. Australian Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care opened the workshop via video. Minister Wyatt had previously funded the IWG and expressed his continued support for the IWG and the work we are undertaking. The diverse range of speakers included Professor Laetitia Rispel from South Africa, President of the WFPHA; Mr. Patrick Mwesigye, founder of the Uganda Youth and Adolescent Health Forum; Summer May Finlay, Co-Vice Chair of the IWG, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President of the Public Health Association of Australia and me. The topics included the significant burden of disease, Indigenous-led solutions, the impact of racism and the need for Indigenous data collection. The workshop called for specific Indigenous reporting under the World Health Organization’s Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Agenda includes 17 goals and states that “no one will be left behind”.

    Governing Council (GC) AGM and WFPHA General Assembly

    The three functional meeting requirements for GC members in attendance at Geneva this year included the AGM which focused on finance, the Rome Congress and new appointments to the GC. The General Assembly allowed each member nation and working group to offer a summary of the year. This year a Skills Building Seminar on Governance specially dedicated to navigating the international political minefield was included.

    16th World Congress on Public Health Rome 2020 - International Congress Council (ICC)

    In a very unusual move, three significant public health associations have combined to stage this event in Rome next year. They are the WFPHA, the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (Sltl) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). I am a WFPHA member of the organising committee or ICC which is chaired by Prof Martin McKee, CBE, Professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We are expecting four to five thousand attendees.

    International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War - Side event

    It was my privilege to join a team of health professionals to present and discuss the role of health workers in reducing the likelihood of nuclear war. I was asked by the US delegate to the WFPHA to give a NZ and Pacific lens to this discussion.

  • 10 Dec 2019 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    Dr Nicole Coupe joins Dr Heather Came-Friar to become PHA's acting Co-Presidents

    At their first face-to-face council meeting recently PHA's new-look Executive Council developed interim leadership arrangements until the next AGM. Dr Nicole Coupe will join Dr Heather Came-Friar as acting co-Presidents. This decision reflects a commitment by the Council to engage with Te Tiriti o Waitangi at all levels of the organisation – from governance and staff to our membership. In the coming months we are planning a Tiriti audit, training opportunities and kōrero as we devise and envisage what a more Tiriti-focussed PHA might look like. More information will follow in the New Year.

    Dr Nicole Coupe is from Te Tai Tokerau with whakapapa to Kāi Tahu, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toa, Rangitāne and Raukawa iwi. Nicole has developed innovative research techniques to support Māori suicide prevention. Her research findings have been implemented across a number of DHBs to support cultural assessment of people who present to emergency departments through pōwhiri-based processes and problem solving therapy. This work has contributed to her leadership and management roles in community and in the primary and secondary mental health sector. Nicole is CEO of Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust. She has a long association with the PHA as a member and is currently Treasurer of the PHA. Nicole is also a founding member of the PHA's Special Interest Group STIR: Stop Institutional Racism.

  • 08 Nov 2019 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Canterbury District Health Board is looking for A Team Leader Community & Public Health

    - Full time permanent role based in our Greymouth Office.

    - Ideally you will have experience in leading teams in the Community & Public Health space.

    - Passion for Public Health, Excellent communication & relationship building skills.

    Our Purpose: Why we do it

    When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

    The Team: What we do 

    Our team are responsible for providing community & public health services across Canterbury and the West Coast. This role specifically is based in our Greymouth Office and working with our West Coast DHB team to enable well being and equity of outcomes for everyone on the West Coast. This role will be responsible for staff across the West Coast.  

    The Role: Where you fit it

    Your days will be filled with:

    • Leading our team of Health Promoters & Heath protection Officers and supporting them in their day to day activities.
    • Building and maintaining effective relationships with external organisation’s  
    • You will be supported by our leadership who will provide guidance and oversight for staff and projects.

    We are looking for someone with the following traits. 

    • Ability to manage diverse tasks & deliver in tight timeframes
    • High attention to detail and outstanding interpersonal skills
    • A knowledge and understanding of the West Coast community would be an advantage.

    Our Culture:What matters to us

    Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

    Putting people at the heart of all we do 

     Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity. 

    Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story 

    Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

     The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.  

    If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.


    Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Simon Liddy 


    Closing date: 24 November 2019

  • 06 Nov 2019 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Obituary for Dr Fran McGrath

    Iti rearea, teitei Kahikatea ka taea

    As the smallest bellbird can reach the highest kahikatea tree in the forest

    age does not limit our success

    We were saddened and shocked to learn yesterday of the sudden death of our new President Fran McGrath on Sunday. Fran had only just begun her term last week, and Wellington Branch were looking forward to celebrating with her at their AGM last night the success of the branch’s remit at the national AGM, to grant Fran a Lifetime Membership to the PHA.

    Fran was certainly worthy of such a remit. She had a long and distinguished career in our health sector. She completed a medical degree at Otago University in Dunedin, followed by volunteer positions in rural and low income communities, which lead her to specialise in public health at the University of Otago Wellington. The wide range of experiences in Fran’s career is worth noting; she worked across many areas of the New Zealand health sector as well as in developing countries, including Central America and Thailand and spent a year working in the Cook Islands. She served on several World Health Organization expert groups and represented New Zealand at a number of meetings of the World Health Assembly. After many years working at the Ministry of Health Fran had only recently retired as Chief Advisor in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. She also served as Deputy Director of Public Health and as senior health advisor to a number of Health Ministers over the years.

    In addition to these demanding paid roles, Fran never stopped contributing to the sector in a voluntary capacity. She was on the Oxfam NZ Board and also very involved in the NZ College of Public Health Medicine, where she served on the College’s Council and held the position of Chief Examiner for many years. At the time of her death, she was a current member of the College Policy Committee and was actively engaged in the College’s policy and advocacy work.

    Perhaps for us, though, Fran will be remembered as a stalwart of the Public Health Association, actively involved with us for thirty years. She served two terms as a member of our Executive Council and two terms as President. She worked with Council and the Māori Caucus to create the PHA’s first Māori governance roles. She was an active branch member of both Canterbury/West Coast branch when she resided there, and then Wellington branch. At this local level she stepped into leadership as treasurer, as conference convenor or as chair, whatever and whenever the branch called on her. As chair she led Wellington branch in establishing the first Post-Budget Breakfast, which has become an annual and popular feature of the public health calendar in Wellington, and led to a valuable stakeholder partnership between the PHA and the Child Poverty Action Group. It was for all these contributions and the way she advised and supported so many members personally, that we voted for Wellington Branch’s remit this year, to grant Fran her lifetime membership.

    We celebrate her commitment, loyalty and generosity of spirit to public health matters and to our organisation.

    We extend our condolences to Fran’s husband Edwin and family.

  • 06 Nov 2019 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    New Pou Kaiārahi role with Hui E!

    Nau mai, haere mai

    We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated leader who is passionate about strengthening the collective voice of the sector and assist ing communities to work collectively to progress their aspirations and well-being.

    The Pou Kaiārahi is a key leadership role, they will bring leaders together and facilitate greater engagement within the sector, optimise the supporter’s network to identify and activate opportunities for development and enable and empower communities. They will influence key stakeholders (including government) and create opportunities to build sector capacity and capabilities.

    If you believe you have the leadership and management capabilities to lead Hui E! into the future, then we welcome your application.

    The full job description is available at:

    Applications close 10 November 2019.

    For further information please contact:

    Pania Coote,
    Hui E! Co-Chair

  • 30 Oct 2019 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    OraTaiao, the NZ Climate and Health Council, is calling for nominations for the Executive Board, including the co-convenor positions. They are particularly seeking nominations from Māori and Pasifika members in order to strengthen the organisation’s focus on Te Tiriti and health equity. More information about OraTaiao is available here.

    The positions open for election are:

    • Co-convenors (two, at least one of whom is Māori) 
    • Officers of the Executive Board (up to fourteen) 

    The nomination form is available here. Nominations close 5pm, Monday 11 November 2018 and must include a nominator, seconder and acceptance by the nominee. Further instructions are on the form.

    Please consider putting yourself forward to support this important kaupapa. If you have any questions or need assistance with nomination, please feel free to contact Rhys Jones (, Alex Macmillan ( or Richard Jaine (

    Ngā mihi nui.

  • 23 Oct 2019 1:17 PM | Anonymous
    Public Health Association of New Zealand

    Leadership strong in Public Health Advocacy Group

    Photo: Kaumatua Pita Pou, Lee Tuki, Hineira Hamiora and Francis Kewene

    The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) celebrates the leadership capital within its membership this week as it farewells outgoing President Lee Tuki and welcomes new President Dr Fran McGrath from 1 November 2019.

    Lee Tuki has served a two year term as President during a time when the PHA had a complete change of staff at national office level. She has been responsible for updating the organisation’s governance policies, introducing an annual te Tirit o Waitangi workshop for governance training and has been a champion of the PHA’s values.

    “Thank you PHA for the amazing ROLLERCOASTER ride, I will be forever grateful for those who have left and gave generously of their time.  Together we made a magnificent difference paving the way for an exciting future” Ms. Tuki said. “He iti hau marangai, e tū pāhokahoka – a little storm, but then a rainbow appears.  We leave a solid foundation for a completely new Executive to continue PHA’s collective vision of equity for all.”

    Dr Fran McGrath has previously served two terms as President of the PHA, and had other governance positions at national and branch level. She started her public health work as a GP, then as a volunteer in rural and low income communities, and has had a distinguished career in the health sector, including service to the World Health Organization on various expert groups and has represented New Zealand several times at the World Health Assembly.

    “The PHA has a particular contribution to make alongside our members, in being strongly evidence-based and working with other groups to achieve progress on key public health challenges” Dr McGrath said. “Internally we will focus, with our strength coming too from the large voluntary contribution of branches and caucuses.”

    The PHA also welcomes two newly elected Executive Council members, Fran Kewene and Hineira Hamiora, to represent the PHA’s Māori Caucus on Council.

    Francis Kewene was nominated by the PHA’s Otago Branch. Her whakapapa is to Waikato, Maniapoto and Britain. She works as a Hauora Māori Professional Practice Fellow in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Fran has worked in public health since 2000, first as a health promoter, then health protection officer before her current academic role.

    “With fresh eyes I come to this position along with my whānau and communities. I am open to opportunities that arise when you least expect them and am driven by kotahitanga through love and peace. Staying focused is about staying grounded to Papatūānuku, Tangaroa and atua katoa. Equity, social justice and human rights are about having positive relationships and making connections” said Fran of her new role.

    Hineira Hamiora was also nominated by the PHA’s Otago Branch, her whakapapa is to Tauranga and Katikati, she is one of the Kuia of the Marae in Te Rereatukahia. With over 30 years’ experience working in the health and education sectors, including governance experience as a board member on the Ngaitamawhariu Runanga Health and Social Services, managing their cultural portfolio. She is currently employed with Bay of Plenty DHB as the Te Pou Kokiri for its CAMHS programme.

    “He aha te mea nui o te Ao maku e ki He Tangata he Tangata he Tangata” Hineira said.

    PHA’s CEO Dr Stone said members could feel confident the organisation had continuity of strong leadership with Dr McGrath coming on as President.

    “The PHA is blessed with active, motivated members, many with governance experience, willing to step forward and volunteer their time. I have been very lucky starting in my role while Lee has been here as President and I look forward to the fresh eyes Fran will bring,” Dr Stone said.

    Māori members too, Dr Stone said, could feel certain their representation was strong on Council, with the election of Ms Kewene and Ms Hamiora.


    Media contact: Dr Prudence Stone  027 289 8987

  • 07 Oct 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Listen to our CEO Dr Prudence Stone being interviewed, along with education expert Maureen Corby, by Jay Dunsheath of Access Radio about Sustainable Development Goal 10 Reducing Inequalities on 29 September. The focus of the discussion was SDG 10 through the lens of children with disability in New Zealand.

    Remember to click on 29/09/2019 to hear the interview.

  • 17 Sep 2019 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    DHB Candidate Scorecards 2019 - Measuring up on public health

    DHB elections are taking place this year. The Public Health Association endorses candidates who understand and prioritise health equity and population health issues and have broad experience in both governance and the health sector.

    In order to identify candidates with an excellent track record and who understand the complexities of the health system three PHA branches, Otago-Southland, Canterbury and Wellington, with the support of national office, have produced DHB candidate scorecards based on responses to a survey sent to all DHB candidates.

    This initiative follows the very successful scorecards Wellington branch developed for the previous DHB election in 2016.

    The 2019 survey (sent via Survey Monkey) quizzed the candidates on their alignment with PHA public health values and policies as well as their health sector and governance experience. The responses were then collated and scored by a subcommittee within each branch with the candidates' responses receiving a score for each category (prevention focus, equity, pro-fluoridation and knowledge/experience) ranging from 1 (does not align) to 4 (strongly aligned).

    The final scores were then sent to a designer who created a professionally designed scorecard in a format for printing (an A4 triple-fold brochure) and a single-sided jpeg for sharing on social media. Names and photos of candidates were listed in alphabetical order to avoid ranking candidates, and their scores were represented as yellow emoji faces.

    Wellington Branch 

    The branch launched its scorecard at its Meet the CCDHB Candidates event (co-hosted with UCAN) on Wednesday 18 September at St John's Centre, Wellington.

    CCDHB candidates scorecard, pdf version

    CCDHB candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    CCDHB candidates survey responses

    Canterbury-West Coast Branch

    The branch launched its scorecards at its AGM on 24 September. The branch also developed a scorecard for ECAN candidates based on their responses to another  survey.

    Canterbury DHB candidates scorecard, pdf version

    Canterbury DHB candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    Canterbury DHB candidates survey responses

    ECAN candidates scorecard, pdf version

    ECAN candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    ECAN candidates survey responses

    Otago-Southland Branch

    The branch launched its scorecards at its Meet the Southern DHB Candidates event on Friday 20 September at Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin.

    Southland Southern DHB candidates scorecard, pdf version

    Southland Southern DHB candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    Southland Southern DHB candidates survey responses

    Otago Southern DHB candidates scorecard, pdf version

    Otago Southern DHB candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    Otago Southern DHB candidates survey responses

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