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Midwife Manager

Midwife Manager

Southland Hospital


  • Permanent Full Time Position (40 hours a week)
  • Excellent opportunity to manage and develop our maternity unit
  • Use you proven leadership skills to facilitate and enhance service delivery


Are you looking for a fresh challenge and the opportunity to develop and grow professionally? Are you inspired by the challenge of providing high quality care, and are ready to move into a more advanced leadership role?


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Join our maternity team at Health New Zealand I Te Whatu Ora, Southern at a key time of change where you will meaningfully contribute to our kaupapa of providing a safe and positive childbearing experience to all expectant pregnant people in our region.


As the Midwife Manager, you will lead and support the Southland Hospital Maternity Unit, providing clinical and operational leadership to ensure the service is responsive to the changing needs of our community and health system.


Some key deliverables include but are not limited to:

  • Provide professional and clinical leadership for the Southland Hospital Maternity Unit to ensure safe and effective delivery of maternity care, identification and mitigation of clinical risk, and continuous quality improvement
  • Provide operational leadership to ensure the midwifery unit operates effectively, safely and sustainably on a day to day basis
  • Ensure the service is appropriately staffed, best practice human resource standards are met, and staff are supported and managed to maintain a cohesive and productive team
  • Ensure Maternity Unit operates within budgets for the financial year, and work in collaboration with Director of Midwifery to develop risk mitigation strategies for unexpected expenditures; participate in developing and managing annual and three-year capital expenditure plans
  • Management unit quality and risk programmes; lead and manage certification and accreditation within Maternity Unit


Mōu ake | About you

Alongside your strong leadership skills and extensive midwifery experience, our ideal candidate will also be an excellent communicator with proven clinical credibility in all aspects of midwifery care and be able to demonstrate ability to lead from the front with diverse groups of people or complex cases.


Some of the skills we are looking for are:

  • It is essential that you are a NZ Registered Midwife and hold a current annual practicing certificate.
  • Possess the ability to think outside the square, communicate effectively and promote best practice and standards of midwifery care
  • Demonstrate sound professional judgement
  • Have relevant knowledge of patient safety and resource management, including budgeting, equipment and staff management
  • Demonstrate clinical quality, safety and best practice. 
  • Confidence to build successful working relationships with those around you, the ability to work independently or within a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Confidence with te ao Māori, tikanga, and te reo Māori or a commitment to starting your journey and taking ownership of your learning and growth
  • Hold a relevant post-graduate qualification


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Painga | Benefits

  • Continuous support for career development
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation and a range of retail discounts


Mō mātou | About us

Here at Southland Hospital, we operate an 18-bed integrated unit handling approximately 1,200 births a year as part of a full range of primary and secondary maternity services. As the only secondary birthing unit in Southland, we offer inpatient and outpatient antenatal, delivery and postnatal services and a Lactation Consultancy Service. Our brand of care and compassion involves a very special blend of strength, compassion and cool headedness from our midwives who welcome our babies into the world.


Find out more about midwifery at Health New Zealand I Te Whatu Ora Southern here Midwifery | Southern Health | He hauora, he kuru pounamu!


Health New Zealand I 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.


Now is a great time to relocate to family-friendly Southern if you are considering a move! The Southern district offers excellent amenities, first class early childhood through to tertiary education and the opportunity to have an outstanding work-life balance.  Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role falls under the terms and conditions of the MERAS Midwives Collective Agreement (1 February 2024 – 30 April 2025), and falls between the step 1 ($132,397 p.a prorata) and Step 3 ($142,182 p.a prorata) of the Designated Senior Midwife Salary Scale - Grade 7.


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:


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


For further information regarding the clinical aspects of the role please contact Mel Rackham,


All conversations will be confidential in nature.


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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