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Maternity Care Assistant

Maternity Care Assistant (MCA)


Salary Band – $46,000 - $53,800 p.a. pro-rata + Kiwisaver 


  • Casual position – work around your timetable
  • Launch your midwifery career
  • A unique opportunity to get exposure to the maternity environment while studying


Mō te tūranga | About the role

As a Maternity Care Assistant, you will be involved in: 


  • Supporting our Midwives – assisting with patient care under supervision
  • Cleaning equipment and preparing the birthing rooms
  • Basic baby care (bathing, changing nappies, and settling babies)
  • Assisting women with showering and at mealtimes
  • Clerical duties and other general duties as required to assist with the smooth running of the department 


Becoming a Maternity Care Assistant is a great opportunity to:


  • Gain hands-on experience to compliment your studies
  • Set the tone for your future career as a midwife
  • Understand how the maternity ward runs day-to-day
  • Build connections and relationships with maternity staff
  • Receive on the job support from those who have been in your shoes!


Mōu ake | About you

We are seeking applications from current midwifery students, 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 you are motivated, flexible, and enthusiastic. Experience working with people in a caring capacity is advantageous, however we are excited to support your entry into the profession. 


As a casual employee, you may be asked to complete morning, afternoon or night shifts, but we will work together to create a great balance for your schedule.


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 Mō mātou | About us

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 medwives 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.


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 DHB/MERAS Multi Employer Collective Agreement and falls between Step 1 ($46,182 p.a. pro-rata) and Step 5 ($53,803 p.a. pro-rata)



Rā mōnehu | Closing Date: Open

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

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: 

For further information please contact Tara Hobbs, Recruitment Advisor,



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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