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Health Care Assistant

Health Care Assistant

Te Punaka Oraka: Vaccine Preventable Disease Team To Public Health Nursing


  • Permanent Vacancy
  • 0.8 FTE / 32 Hours per week
  • Based in the Wakari office covering the Southern district area 


Te Whatu Ora Southern Te Punaka Oraka: Vaccine Preventable Disease Team/ Public Health Nursing - Provides Child, Youth and Whānau, Well Health Services within the community context. The aim of the service is Pae ora, healthy futures with a focus on health protection, prevention and promotion. 

Mō te tūranga | About the role

As a Health Care Assistant, you will and be involved in supporting the Vaccine Preventable Disease Team and Immunisation outreach / School based vaccination programs and any other Nationally or locally led vaccination programs as required.

This includes: - achieving immunisation equitable outcomes for national schedule vaccinations.  Working alongside priority populations such as Māori, Pacific, high deprivation areas and target populations e.g Childhood vaccinations and outbreak vaccination programs. Relevant training provided. 

Primary you will be responsible for 

  • Patient care as directed and delegated by Registered Nurse/ Immunisation coordinator
  • Post-vaccination nonclinical observation under direction
  • Accountable for assisting with non-direct client care activities within the community and clinics settings
  • Assigned administrative tasks
  • Technical support for cold chain quality monitoring for vaccine providers
  • Assisting with safe transportation of vaccines 
  • Assisting cold chain management including fridge monitoring 
  • Ordering, Cleaning & Restocking 
  • Tidying and checking of equipment  
  • Ensuring adequate supplies
  • Safe removal of rubbish including sharps bins 
  • Oversight of safe efficient set up of clinic space


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Mōu ake | About you

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants with

  • previous health care experience,
  • who are dynamic, friendly
  • can demonstrate a high level of initiative.
  • committed to high standards of practice,
  • be well organised
  • have excellent communication skills.
  • previous experience working with Māori and Pacific services and communities

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.


 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 ($51,770 p.a) and Step 5 ($61,540 p.a pro rata) 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 and (03) 470 9081

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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