Chief Medical Officer

Employer: Southern DHB

Specialty: General / Internal Medicine

Grading: Medical Officer

Number of positions: 1

Job Hours: 40

Required qualifications: About you To be considered for the role you will be a vocationally registered Specialist with a proven ability to provide professional advice and support on clinical and operational skills and practice. You will have an understanding of rural and remote communities and be able to articulate the relevant issues they face. You will have a background and proven success in developing and implementing strategy and be adept at carrying people along with you on your journey. Please note that although the position is based in Dunedin, this is a district role and will involve travel around the Southern Region.

Southern DHB
Permanent / 1.0 FTE
About Southern District Health Board

Here at Southern DHB, we’re undergoing significant transformation, as we work towards becoming a more patient-centric and modern system, working in partnership with and supporting the communities we serve. With the nationwide changes we are embracing, including becoming a part of Health New Zeland, you will be part of a diverse and inclusive group of colleagues where collaboration is an important element of our team make up. This role focuses on clinical outcomes and the clinical relationships to ensure the Southern Region maintains its high quality in services and safely delivers world class care.

The opportunity

This is an excellent opportunity for a Senior Medical Officer with proven leadership skills and change management experience to take a leading role with the Southern Region. Working alongside your Executive colleagues and reporting directly to the CEO, you will play a critical role providing clinical leadership across our hospital and provider networks. At a national and South Island level, you will represent the Southern Region and its interests in clinical matters. Within the Southern Region you will take the lead on building upon the strong relationships we enjoy with our stakeholders. Amongst your peers you will already be a respected and trusted leader and in your new role you will work with the Medical Directors to build a strong and effective clinical leadership team that expound on the vision and strategic direction of for our services across our region.

As the CMO, you will encourage both hospital and community based services to engage in developing strategic direction and improve operational performance. You will promote innovation in our planning and provision of services across the health system to ensure a best for patient, best for system approach. This role will also ensure we actively support the development, professional conduct and welfare of our medical workforce.

About us

The Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to more than 315,000 people. We take pride in the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our population. Our customers – patients, staff and communities – are at the heart of everything we do. We will be transitioning into Health New Zealand from 1 July 2022 and as such this role will transition / be appointed into the new structures.

About our locations

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out our website for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

About Dunedin

Dunedin is a great little city with a big town feel and well-known for its Southern Hospitality. Outside of work, you will find life in Dunedin to be very easy with its great schools, laid back lifestyle and world-famous wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. This compact yet vibrant regional city has plenty of energy, which is to be expected with it being a University town. This sustains great activities such as theatre, stunning gardens, art galleries, live-music and a diverse selection of restaurants and caf├ęs. Central Otago is a notable holiday destination and many outdoor recreation opportunities are easily accessible from Dunedin.

For further information,please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers, Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email:

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We will be screening applications before the closing date to ensure we can start interviewing once the role closes on Monday, 30 May 2022 but this may be closed earlier.

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

Occupational Health Assessment
Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid vaccination requirements

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 and have received a booster vaccine against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

To apply

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Vacancy contact details

Name: Agatha Chen

Position: Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers


Phone: (03) 470 9604