Current Public Health Vacancies


Public Health Physician

Permanent, 1.0 FTE

Could be based in Dunedin, Invercargill or Queenstown

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Public Health Physician for our Public Health Service. This is a senior leadership role in a growing service as we respond to COVID-19, promote and protect the health of our people and environment, and move in the national public health unit in 2022. You will need to be innovative and resilient to manage an evolving landscape of public health demands, supporting and influencing life, and sustaining communities.

About you

You will already have, or be able to achieve vocational registration in public health medicine with the Medical Council of New Zealand, and be able to be designated by the Director-General of Health as a Medical Officer of Health.

You will be part of a team of senior colleagues in the Public Health Unit to provide leadership to the service and District Health Board. You will bring your experience and skills in building strong relationships with partners across health and other sectors, understanding communities' needs and developing innovative programmes. An ability to think strategically and translate strategic goals into operational plans is essential. You will be able to balance a sound approach to responding to health protection issues and communicable disease control with the ability to provide leadership to work on a broad range of social and environmental issues that impact on health.

You will have an interest in quality improvement and evaluation and the ability to demonstrate the impact and outcomes of our work. You will be an excellent communicator, both verbal and written. The on-call roster will be shared with the current Public Health Physicians. Due to the ongoing Public Health Covid19 response, a proven ability to work under pressure is essential. A full driver's licence is essential and travel will be required.

About us

Southern DHB's Public Health Service has three offices - Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown with 62 staff. Our staff work collaboratively with our partners address the determinants of health and reduce inequities and improve the health and wellbeing of our southern communities where they live, learn, work and play.

You can choose to be based either in the cities of Dunedin, Invercargill or Queenstown and travel around Otago and Southland will be required. With some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday spots on our doorstep (Queenstown, Wanaka, Milford Sound, Stewart Island, to name but a few), our district offers affordable living, great schools, a true work-life balance, and a relaxed way of life with no traffic jams in sight. Dunedin is a vibrant University town and a great place to live and work. Invercargill is situated at the base of the South Island and the people are renowned for their warmth and hospitality.

About Dunedin

Dunedin is a great little city with a big town feel and well-known for its Southern Hospitality. Outside of work, you will find life in Dunedin to be very easy with its great schools, laid back lifestyle and world-famous wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. This compact yet vibrant regional city has plenty of energy, which is to be expected with it being a University town. This sustains great activities such as theatre, stunning gardens, art galleries, live-music and a diverse selection of restaurants and cafés. Central Otago is a notable holiday destination and many outdoor recreation opportunities are easily accessible from Dunedin.

We will be screening applications before the closing date to ensure we can start interviewing once the role closes on Friday, 21 January 2022 but this may be closed earlier.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your current clinical skills, we have a range of clinical roles, get in touch as there could be a place for you!

For a job description or to discuss further, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers with your CV. Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email: agatha.chen@southerndhb.govt.nz

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than the 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: https://careers.southernhealth.nz/job-invite/10783/


Job Opportunities for Kaimahi Māori

We urgently need kaimahi Māori, especially with Christmas coming up soon.  The roles are based at Greenlane Clinical Centre, in the Covid Response Unit at Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS).  Donna and Rhonda are here to awhi anyone along the recruitment process.  Here are the contact details:

-    Donna Campbell: 021 851 690 DonnaCa@adhb.govt.nz

-    Rhonda Cornes: 021 586 113 RCornes@adhb.govt.nz

1. Māori Allied Health Professional – kaimahi who are former nurses, or have health or allied health backgrounds/qualifications (with or without an annual practising certificate) are welcome to apply.  https://www.careers.adhb.govt.nz/health-careers-job-search/details/GRE00373

Fixed term, 1.0FTE, Greenlane Clinical Centre

2. Māori Registered Nurse https://www.careers.adhb.govt.nz/health-careers-job-search/details/ADHB12260

Fixed term, 1.0FTE, Greenlane Clinical Centre

3. Kaimanaaki   https://www.careers.adhb.govt.nz/health-careers-job-search/details/AUC13544

Fixed term, 1.0FTE, Greenlane Clinical Centre

Rhonda Cornes

Pae Ora Workforce Lead | Pae Ora Team | COVID-19 Response Unit

Health Promoter | Workplace Team | Health Improvement

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS)

Building 15, Level 4, Cornwall Complex, Greenlane Clinical Centre

Private Bag 92605, Symonds Street, Auckland, 1150

Mob: +64 21 586 113  

Visit: www.arphs.govt.nz|   Auckland Regional Public Health Service |   @aklpublichealth


Medical Officer Special Scale (MO) - Public Health - COVID-19 Response.pdf

Current NZMC registered PGY2+ • Dunedin 1.0 FTE • Fixed-term (15-11-2021 - 31/12/2022) Do you have an interest in Public Health? We have a role that offers you the opportunity to make your mark in enhancing the capabilities of our public health service within the Southern region. With ongoing requirements around the Public Health Covid-19 response, there will be many opportunities to extend your skillset! In this role, you will primarily provide support to our Public Health team at Southern DHB and our response to Covid-19.

Duties include supporting the Public Health response to Covid-19 notifications with the aim of ensuring that people affected by Covid-19 are well supported, and transmission and the impact of the virus is minimised. This includes supporting our Covid 19 Case and Contact Teams by providing clinical leadership and coaching for scoping, gathering of Case and Contact details from new Cases, undertaking risk assessment activities, developing Case Management Plans, leading case reviews, leading outbreaks, upskilling and coaching of team members. Other duties include providing clinical advice to clinicians, support nurses and health protection officers with assigned areas in support of PHS activities in the control of communicable diseases.

Due to the evolving support needed to manage Covid-19 responses, there is a requirement to participate in a seven-day roster to ensure that our Public Health SMOs are able to delegate clinical work and provide oversight of Covid teams and communicable disease.

Working at SDHB means active participation in a value based and inclusive organisation; therefore your leadership and coaching capabilities will play a part in scoping, gathering of new Case and Contact details, developing a Case Management Plan, lead case reviews, lead outbreaks, and upskilling and coaching of team members. You will be liaising with our local PHO regarding Covid-19 testing implementation and supporting Public Health staff in overseeing testing for border workers. Due to the evolving nature of Public Health Covid-19 response, the ability to cope with rapid change and remain calm and level-headed is key to this role!

About us

We are growing and we have three offices across the district - Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown with 69 staff! It's the best time to join us as we are working through an exciting time. Our staff work collaboratively with our partners as we move toward using health in all policies approaches to address the determinants of health, reducing inequities and improving the health and wellbeing of our southern communities where they live, learn, work and play.

About Dunedin

Dunedin is a great little city with a big town feel and well-known for its Southern Hospitality. Outside of work, you will find life in Dunedin to be very easy with its great schools, laid back lifestyle and world famous wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. This compact yet vibrant regional city has plenty of energy, which is to be expected with it being a University town. This sustains great activities such as theatre, stunning gardens, art galleries, live-music and a diverse selection of restaurants and cafés. Central Otago is a notable holiday destination and many outdoor recreation opportunities are easily accessible from Dunedin.

About you

You will already hold registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand under a general or vocational scope. A full driver's licence is essential and travel will be required.

Closing date:

Friday, 10 December 2021. We will be screening applications before the closing date to ensure we can start interviewing once the role closes on Friday, 10 December 2021 but this may be closed earlier. For further information please contact Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers. Phone (03) 470 9604 or email: agatha.chen@southerndhb.govt.nz

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than the 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only Covid vaccination requirements Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than the 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: https://career10.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=9223&company=southerndi


PHANZ Policy Advisor-Māori

Summary of your role

This year the Public Health Association of NZ will have 50% Māori representation on our executive council, which includes a Māori Co-President position. This reflects our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi that we recognise as the founding document of Aotearoa, and the beginning of our journey to strengthening our commitment to becoming a Te Tiriti based organisation.

As the Policy Advisor-Māori, you will be responsible for leading all aspects of PHA Maori policy and submissions development. You will be a strong and influential leader with excellent communication skills, providing a Te Tiriti “lens” over all PHA’s policy development and analysis. Your primary working relationships will be with national office staff, the Policy Working Group and stakeholders, and PHA members. As part of a policy and communications team, you will support the PHA’s policy statement development process & support coordination of the Policy Working Group.

As a vital part of our team, you’ll work with us to develop collaborative efforts toward evidence-informed submissions that will support our members and stakeholders in advocating for better health outcomes and health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You will assist the co-ordination of a group of Māori Public Health professionals within the Public Health units while advocating for systemic and institutional change to achieve equity.

You will be encouraged to support the office with your knowledge of Te Reo me ōna tikanga and will bring with you strong networks that span Māori health professionals, promoters and Māori community leaders.

You will be accountable for the work you do and contribute positively to future outcomes for the association and public health in New Zealand.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has a passion for policy analysis and development, ideally in public health
  • Shows respect for, and has an interest in, Māori history and traditions, including use and pronunciation of Te Reo Māori
  • Is comfortable in situations where tikanga is observed and shows leadership in asserting its importance
  • Understands the importance of Te Tiriti principles for policy analysis and development
  • Can work in a small team and on your own
  • Has experience with content-development, design, editing and publishing information resources, for health promotion and advocacy campaigns

Terms and conditions:

This is a full time 12 month Fixed Term position.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

For further information, job description and applications email PHA Office Manager Nikita Kataria nikitia@pha.org.nz

Closing date: Please send your application, including a full CV, by no later than 29th September 2021



Māori Cancer Researcher (Early Career) Awards 2021

Ka whati te tai, ka pao te tōrea

Seize the opportunity that this could bring

Hei Āhuru Mōwai Māori Cancer Leadership and Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa Cancer Society NZ are excited to be sharing with you today the details of our first joint scholarship round together.

The Māori Cancer Researcher (Early Career) Awards are for Māori pursuing PHDs in the cancer space, with a focus on Hauora Māori, reducing cancer inequities and maximising Māori cancer health gains.

The award comprises a $40,000 per year stipend, $10,000 per year toward tuition, and a $10,000 tikanga allowance across the length of the award.

Applications open next Friday, but all eligibility criteria and award information is already available on our websites:

https://www.cancer.org.nz/supporting-you/cancer-research-3/research-grants/

https://www.heiahurumowai.org.nz/

We look forward to reviewing applications from across the motu, and welcome any pātai in advance of applications being submitted at any of the following contact points:

Cancer Society Research: research@cancer.org.nz or 04 494 7270 or 

Moahuia, CEO of Hei Āhuru Mōwai: moahuia@heiahurumowai.org.nz


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  • 14 May 2019 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Zero Carbon Bill is critical legislation for health, but targets are too little, too late

    Health professionals have offered a mixed response to today’s release of the Zero Carbon Bill.

    They applaud its purpose to prevent global warming of more than 1.5 degrees, but say aspects of the Bill lack the necessary urgency and accountability.

    “The Bill’s targets as they stand today would be too little, too late,” says Dr Rhys Jones, Coconvenor of OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council.

    “The Zero Carbon Bill is too weak on agricultural emissions which comprise almost half of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions. We need to see a move away from beef and dairy for both the sake of human and planetary health,” says Dr Jones.

    The Zero Carbon Bill sets a target of 10 per cent reduction in biological methane emissions by 2030, and aims for a provisional reduction ranging from 24 per cent to 47 per cent by 2050.

    “Our food production systems are threatening local ecosystems and contributing to climate change, while unhealthy diets are a significant contributor to major health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers. But on the other hand, a rapid transition to a healthy plant-based food system could go a long way to addressing major health issues including obesity, heart disease and protecting our drinking water.”

    Dr Jones was speaking from the 2nd Sustainable Healthcare Forum in Wellington today where leaders from a range of sectors gathered to share ideas about reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the health sector. Forum participants have called on the Government to set greenhouse gas emission targets for District Health Boards.

    “Health professionals are extremely concerned about the impacts of climate change on the health of people and communities. At the same time, we are excited about the health opportunities that well-designed climate action can bring,” says Dr Jones.

    “A strong Zero Carbon Bill that emphasises fairness and upholds Te Tiriti o Waitangi is critical for a healthy future for New Zealanders.”

    ENDS

    Media Spokesperson: Dr Rhys Jones, 021 411 743

    Dr Rhys Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) (rg.jones@auckland.ac.nz) is a Public Health Physician and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, and Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council.

    OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate & Health Council is a health professional organisation urgently focusing on the health threats of climate change and the health opportunities of climate action. See: www.orataiao.org.nz

    Notes to editors:

    About Climate Change and Health

    Information is available in the following paper from the 2014 NZ Medical Journal: ‘Health and equity impacts of climate change in Aotearoa-New Zealand, and health gains from climate action’. http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2014/vol-127-no-1406/6366

    Health threats from climate changes include: worsening illness and injury from heat and other extreme weather, changing patterns of infection including food poisoning, loss of seafood and farming livelihoods, food price rises and mass migration from the Pacific. Those on low incomes, Māori, Pacific people, children and older people will be hit first and hardest, but nobody will be immune to the widespread health and social threats of unchecked climate change. Direct and indirect climate change impacts are already being seen here from warming oceans and sea level rise.

    Health opportunities from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, easing pressure on health budgets include: rapidly phasing out coal; switching from car trips to more walking, cycling and public transport; healthier diets lower in red meat and dairy; and energy efficient, warm homes will all cut emissions while also reducing the diseases that kill New Zealanders most and put our children in hospital – cancer, heart disease, lung diseases and car crash injuries.

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