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Director of Midwifery

Director of Midwifery


  • Significant leadership role
  • District wide scope with travel required
  • Based in Dunedin or Invercargill


This is an exciting time to take on the role of Director of Midwifery at Southern DHB. Join an enhanced midwifery leadership team that already includes an Associate Director of Midwifery. We are expanding our maternity quality and safety programme, working with rural communities on enhanced provision of primary maternity facilities, and building a New Hospital with an alongside primary maternity unit.


This is a real opportunity to be part of once-in-a-lifetime healthcare changes. 


About the Opportunity

This role is positioned to focus on championing professional leadership and strategy for improving the quality of care for women and their babies across all maternity settings. You will ‘lead with influence' across the wider system strengthening the midwifery voice at all levels as well as championing new models of care, workforce planning and development.


This really is a unique opportunity to help set us up for the future as we continue to transform the models of care and services we provide to our diverse communities.


Working in partnership with the General Manager Operations and the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer you will ensure that professional midwifery practice is consistent with evidence-based practice, as well as the overall vision, values and philosophy of the Southern District Health Board.


This role will be pivotal in ensuring we are able to deliver safe, comprehensive, contemporary and high-quality maternity services within the resources available. 


About You

We are looking for an inspirational leader who demonstrates clinical credibility and highly effective influencing capability together with effective relationship management and engagement skill. You will be approachable, resilient, persistent and focused on our commitment to making a difference and will model the behavior expected in an experienced midwifery leader, including actively seeking to develop future midwifery leaders. 


About the Southern DHB

The Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. Our customers - patients, staff and communities - are at the forefront of everything we do.


The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out https://southernhealthcareers.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


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Closing Date:  Sunday, 27 June 2021

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


For further information please contact Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor, (03) 470 9268 or Milair.ryalls@southerndhb.govt.nz


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site with your DHB sign-in details.


Pre-Employment checks

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

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)


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