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Public Health Team Leader - Communities

Public Health Team Leader – Communities

Public Health South

  • Permanent fulltime position
  • Ideally located Invercargill, but will consider Dunedin or Queenstown



About the Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity that doesn’t come up often. As we move into health reforms in 2022, we are looking of an inspirational Team Leader for our district wide Communities Team who is passionate about the improving the health and wellbeing of our Southern communities where they live, learn, work and play. You will be leading your team as we move into the new national Public Health service. This includes implementing the reforms, embedding Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our programmes and working collaboratively with our partners to address the determinants of health and reduce health inequities.


About you

As well as being a fantastic leader and role model, you will be experienced in using Māori models of wellbeing such as Te Whare Tapa Wha and Te Pae Mahutonga, be well connected within local community/hāpori and have extensive knowledge of tikanga as it relates to hauora. Lived experience in te ao Māori and being comfortable using Te Reo are an advantage.

You understand manaakitanga and whanaungatanga, have strong community relationships and the ability to develop wider community networks. You will have in-depth experience working in community development and codesigning health promotion programmes in partnership with communities.

You are able to lead, develop and provide a supportive and nurturing environment within the context of creating opportunities and meaningful engagement for kaimahi growth.

You will be focused on embracing and nurturing Whakapapa, Te Reo Māori, Tikanga me Kawa and committed to equipping kaimahi with the skills and knowledge to be autonomous and resilient.

Ideally you will have a relevant tertiary qualification in public health.   You will be an excellent communicator, both verbal and written, and have well developed  facilitation skills. You will be skilled IT systems.



Due to the ongoing Public Health Covid19 response, you will be part of the leadership team overseeing this response. Your ability to work under pressure and adapt to rapid change is essential.


Regular travel around the district will be required. A full driver’s licence is essential.


Why Southern

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it’s 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 family.



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Closing Date: Monday 13 December 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.


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Theonette Ramsden, Recruitment Advisor – Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or Email: theonette.ramsden@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)
  • Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker.  If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.  If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022. 


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