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Theatre Suite Assistant

Theatre Suite Assistant

Southland Hospital

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


  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Permanent position
  • Career development opportunities
  • Competitive salary + paid overtime + car parking


Mō te tūranga | About the role

As a Theatre Suite Assistant you will be involved in:


  • Supporting our nurses and other members of the healthcare team
  • Patient handling and transfers
  • Transporting specimens and blood
  • Cleaning of department and communal facilities daily
  • Restocking and setting up of equipment
  • Answering phones, and much more!


Your contribution to the team will ensure that operations run to schedule and are well prepared so that our surgeons and clinical staff are able to perform their magic. The Theatre Suite Assistants are on rostered shifts Monday through Sunday with an additional on-call component.


Becoming a Theatre Suite assistant in the health sector is a great opportunity to:

  • Use your caring and empathetic nature in your work
  • Receive on the job training and support
  • Gain a NZQA Level 2 or Level 3 certificate (Health and Wellbeing for Hospitals and Health Sector)
  • Fees are fully funded


Mōu ake | About you

This is a physically demanding role, e.g. relocating beds/manual handling of patients, and as the role title implies, you’ll spend a portion of your time in the operating theatre. It is therefore imperative that you have a reasonable level of mobility and fitness. The team is supportive and friendly, and the opportunity to gain great job satisfaction is huge if you enjoy working at a fast pace and under pressure. 


We are seeking applications from those with previous health care experience, and from those 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 including computer literacy.


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.  Our induction includes a two day training programme to ensure you are fully equipped to undertake the role as a valuable part of the team.


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Painga | Benefits

  • Affordable housing and beautiful scenery
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Free on-site parking
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation and a range of retail discounts


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 DHB/NZNO 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:  14 October 2022

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: Wording for non-DHB websites only:

For further information please contact Diane Wilson, Recruitment Advisor,

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)
  • COVID-19 vaccination

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