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Health Care Assistant - Medical Assessment Unit (Afternoon Shifts)

Health Care Assistant – Medical Assessment Unit (Afternoon Shifts)

Dunedin Hospital


  • Permanent ‘Afternoon Shift’ position
  • Full-time 1FTE opportunity (40 hours per week)
  • 1430 – 2300 – Monday to Friday


We are looking for a positive and proactive Health Care Assistant to support our vibrant Medical Assessment Unit on a part-time, permanent basis covering our night shifts Monday – Sunday on a roster basis.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

The Medical Assessment Unit is closely linked to the Emergency Department and other front-line services, so variety is a key element in this busy but rewarding role. The unit is responsible for streamlining the assessment and admission of non-critically ill medical patients and accommodates and cares for them for up to 24 – 36 hours so there is ample opportunity to make a difference for patients during what can be a vulnerable and scary experience.

This role will see you primarily focusing your attention to the overall needs of the unit. This role is within a clinical environment, and as an exceptional team player you will need to be able to take instruction and direction from the nurses on the ward, whilst having a helpful and team focused approach to making a real difference to the patients under our care.

As Health Care Assistant you will be involved in:


  • Supporting our nurses and other members of the health care team
  • Patient supervision and/or movement
  • Patient cares, as required
  • Stock reconciliation
  • Ward maintenance
  • Patient watch, with one-on-one care as required


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Mōu ake | About you

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants with previous health care experience, and from those who are dynamic, friendly and can demonstrate a high level of initiative. You will be committed to high standards of practice, be well organised and have excellent communication skills.


It is important that candidates are motivated, flexible, have a level of maturity about them and of course plenty of enthusiasm. Experience working with people in a caring capacity is also essential, whether than experience is gained from within a professional environment, or from caring for children or family members.


If you enjoy the idea of working in such a vibrant service whilst making a real difference, then we would love to hear from you, apply today!


Painga | Benefits



  • Beautiful coastlines and a family-friendly community.
  • Continuous support for career development.
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance.
  • Access to staff fitness facilities and banking offers
  • Access to a range of retail discounts and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).


Mō mātou | About us

Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. 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.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the expired NZNO Collective Agreement and falls between step 1 and Step 5 of the HCA scale.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  Friday 10 February 2023

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


Tono ināianei | Apply now

For further information please contact Ben Kingsbury, Recruitment Advisor at  

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: All conversations will be confidential in nature.

If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern , please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors


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)
  • New employees of Te Whatu Ora Southern will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes two doses and a booster dose of an approved vaccine. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster for any reason, please indicate this in your cover letter so we can discuss this with you further and establish if you meet any criteria for an exemption.

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