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Health Care Assistant - Maternity Ward

Health Care Assistant – Maternity Ward

Dunedin Hospital


·         Casual position – hours on an ‘as and when’ basis

·         Flexibility to achieve the perfect work/life balance



About the Team

We consider ourselves to be very fortunate here at the Queen Mary Maternity Unit. Not only do we get to care for fabulous women and families from all across our diverse region, we also get to work alongside kind, compassionate, dedicated midwives and other health professionals to provide a safe and positive birthing experience. 

Each year we birth around 1,800 babies and work closely with the midwifery and medical schools to give the kind of care our patients deserve.


About the Role

We’re looking for a positive and proactive Health Care Assistant to support our team within the Queen Mary Maternity Unit at Dunedin Public Hospital on a casual basis to cover leave, sickness or busy periods.


This role will see you assisting staff with direct and non-direct client care activities and maintaining the ward environment to ensure clean, efficient and effective functioning for patients and staff. 


Tasks within this role are varied and include (but are not limited to):

  • General tidying of the ward
  • Cleaning delivery rooms, Antenatal/Postnatal rooms and clinic rooms.
  • Responsibility for ensuring stocks are replenished for the ward
  • Maintaining equipment within the ward environment
  • Data Entry skills would be advantageous


When caring for our patients, you will assist them by ensuring their basic needs are met. This will involve delivering items such as towels, water and other duties.


As the service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week you will get the opportunity to work across a variety of shifts, this also requires you to have relatively good flexibility in your ability to pick up shifts when they are available.


About You

You will be well organised, have a friendly attitude and excellent communication skills.  An integral part of our health care team, you must be able to take direction from Registered Midwives and Nurses as required.


Experience working with people in the health sector and/or experience or knowledge of customer service would be an advantage. We are a friendly and inclusive team and you will receive a full orientation onto the ward and training in all aspects of the role.


The role of Maternity Healthcare Assistant within our Maternity service is a unique one; you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the experience of new parents, their babies and their families and whānau. If you enjoy working with people from a range of backgrounds and professions, have high standards of cleanliness and hygiene, good organisational skills with a positive attitude towards work, then we would love to hear from you!


About Southern DHB

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. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.


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Closing Date:  Thursday, 17 June 2021


For further information please contact Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor, (03) 470 9268   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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