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Health Care Assistant

Healthcare Assistant – Ophthalmology Outpatients

Dunedin Hospital


  • Permanent part time opportunities
  • 0.5 - 0.8 FTE (20 - 32 hours per week)


Our Eye department at Dunedin hospital is a busy service, and we require another Health Care Assistant to join our team. You will work alongside 3 Health care assistants who are committed to making a positive impact on the patient experience. That someone could be you! Ideally, you will have some form of ophthalmology experience, but it is not a deal breaker if you do not, as full orientation will be given to the successful applicant.


About the Role

Our Ophthalmology Outpatients Department offers a highly varied workload and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams. In this busy role you’ll assist with the care of Ophthalmology patients of all age groups with a variety of tasks to ensure the eye clinics run smoothly by assisting patients around the department, including:

  • Supporting our nurses and other members of the health care team
  • Patient supervision and/or movement
  • Stock reconciliation
  • Note preparation for clinics
  • Preparation for injection clinics


This position is for part time hours generally with set hours, however, there may be opportunities to increase hours here and there to cover periods of leave within the wider team. The department will also require some flexibility from you to work different hours some weeks to cover leave or when the department is exceptionally busy. Occasional weekend work may be required at times. Please let us know in your cover letter the hours you would like your application to be considered for.


About You

Our ideal candidate will already have experience in an Ophthalmology focussed area and will be able to undertake vision testing. There is also potential to work towards an extended scope of practice that will include the administration of eye drops. Therefore, it is essential that you have a willingness to expand your skill set in this particular discipline, ensuring your role is interesting, unique and diverse. It is also important that you have great communication skills and a calm and patient nature.


Why Dunedin?

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! 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://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


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Closing Date: Sunday, 13 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 Jeanie Winter, Recruitment Advisor – Surgical Services & Radiology Directorate Phone: (03) 470 9571 or Email: jeanie.winter@southerndhb.govt.nz


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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