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  • 10 Jan 2018 3:13 PM | Anonymous
    • Are you a powerful communicator in the health promotion and social service sector?
    • Are you competent in news and social media writing?
    • Do you know the major health challenges that New Zealand and the world are facing today?

    If you said yes to the questions above, the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand (HPF) needs you.

    The HPF wishes to recruit a communications advisor (.4 part-time, permanent) to lead the communicating of knowledge, news and information to the health promotion sector and the general public.

    The HPF is a national umbrella organisation for the discipline of health promotion in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    It also plays a leading role in the development of health promotion at the regional and international level.

    HPF is co-host to the World Health Promotion conference on April 7-11, 2019 in Rotorua.

    Please send your application, with CV attached, to by 25th January, 2018.

    A job description is available by request from the same email address.

  • 09 Jan 2018 2:46 PM | Anonymous
    The Department

    The Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) undertakes and supports research that explores Maori health inequities and building excellence in research evidence that contributes to Maori health advancement.

    The Role

    As a Research Fellow within the MIHI team you will work on a study funded by the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease to examine the experience of First Episode Psychosis (FEP) for Maori patients and whanau.

    The role will involve working on Project One of this study which will analyse routine data from health and social services in the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to describe the events preceding and following diagnosis with psychosis. This will involve study planning, logistics, data management and analysis.

    The work will require supervision and support from University of Otago Wellington so the position could be based in Wellington, but must be able to travel there as a minimum.

    Key Tasks

    ·      Coordinating application processes for the study, including ethics and datalab applications.

    ·      Data management analysis.

    ·      Co-ordination of meetings and associated documentation for Project One.

    ·      Assist with the development of Project Two (Analysis of health and social service provider documentation).

    Your Skills and Experience


    ·      A degree in Statistics, Health or Social Sciences, or similar.

    ·      Skilled in R, SAS, SQL or Stata.

    ·      Demonstrated ability with management of large data sets.

    ·      Cultural competence and ability to work with Māori researchers and communities.

    ·      Able to function independently and autonomously.

    ·      Initiative and problem-solving skills.


    ·      Knowledge of IDI or routine health data.

    ·      Research experience and record of publications in refereed journals.

    Further Details

    Dependant on the research and academic interest of the applicant there may also be the opportunity to be involved in paper writing and dissemination.

    This is a part-time (0.5 FTE) fixed-term position for 12 months.

    Note: As a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.


    Applications quoting reference number 1702383 will close on Friday, 26 January 2018.


    To see a full job description and to apply online go to:  

    Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

    E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

  • 05 Dec 2017 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    The newly formed Planetary Wellbeing Network (PWN), which currently consists of key people from the Public Health Association, the Health Promotion Forum, and the Prior Policy Centre, is seeking a Coordinator to play a central role in implementing their innovative approach to public health and health promotion. 

    This approach addresses the realities of health and wellbeing in the 21st century, with its unique challenges (of which climate change is just one), and seeks to develop new and exciting ways aimed at reinvigorating the fields of public health and health promotion. We are committed to an holistic and ecological approach, with the term “wellbeing” indicating that our concerns are more than just with physical disease; our methods are positive, strength-building, people-centred, environmentally aware, and deeply honouring of culture, diversity, equality and sustainability.

    Initially, there is only sufficient funding for about one day a week for upwards of a year, but part of the role will be to assist the PWN to persuade funders to contribute to this innovative enterprise, so that this role will grow and survive accordingly.

    This position is based in Auckland, and is for someone with a passion for public health and/or health promotion, is flexible and creative, and who loves new ideas. It would probably best suit a postgraduate PhD student or similar in public health or health promotion, or someone who has experience in these areas and needs a part-time job. The initial work involves helping to develop presentations and proposals aimed at fund-raising and publicity.  In addition, the job involves assisting with the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the PWN, designing a social media-based communications approach to support and encourage a growing network of people interested in this approach, and (in due course) participating in the establishment of one or more evaluated community and policy development demonstration projects designed to illustrate PWN principles in action.

    The job is based at the Health Promotion Forum office suite in Grafton Rd, Auckland, where the Forum have kindly provided a hot desk and administrative support for this position, with the Coordinator directly responsible to the PWN via a small management group. However, the applicant can also choose to work at home for at least some of the time if that suits better, and time may also need to be spent networking (etc.) in community settings.  Remuneration is negotiable according to qualifications, experience, etc., but is in the order of $40 – 70 an hour, on the basis of seven or so hours a week, initially for about 10 months.

    For further information, please contact Emma Frost at

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