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Public Health Medicine Specialist/Medical Officer of Health

Employer Nelson Marlborough Health
Workplace Nelson Marlborough Health
Specialty Public Health Medicine
Term Permanent
Grading Medical Officer
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date 09 Jul 2020
Employer Nelson Marlborough Health Workplace Nelson Marlborough Health
Specialty Public Health Medicine Term Permanent
Grading Medical Officer Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date 09 Jul 2020

Job description

Location: Nelson or Blenheim, New Zealand

•Make a lifestyle choice - live and work in one of New Zealand's most beautiful regions
•NZCPHM or equivalent required
•Ability to be agile and work flexibly in a changing health environment
•Permanent, full-time position, however, part-time options may be considered
•Relocation package and negotiable commencement date

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

Public health has been defined as "the science and art of preventing disease", prolonging life and improving quality of life through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.

The Public Health Medicine Specialist/Medical Officer of Health position combines the statutory role of Medical Officer of Health (district wide), as designated by the Director-General of Health in terms of Section 7A (1) of the Health Act 1956, with the more general role of providing specialist public health medicine advice for the Nelson/Marlborough region.

The Public Health Medicine Specialist/Medical Officer of Health will ensure that Nelson Marlborough Health discharges its responsibilities under the relevant public health legislation.

You will be based at a Community Health Hub, either in Richmond or Blenheim, working alongside two other public health medicine specialists and with a team of analysts, health promotion and protection officers and public health nurses. You'll have a commitment to quality improvement and building an environment of excellence in the Public Health Service.

This is a permanent, full-time position. However, for the right applicant for our team, there could be the possibility of part-time hours.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

We can be flexible in terms of the experience level required for this position and welcome applications from both new and experienced Public Health Physicians. You will be a qualified medical practitioner with Fellowship of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) or equivalent, with NZ registration and practising certificate, or be eligible for the same.

Working in a close-knit team of highly motivated professionals you will be full of energy and enthusiasm and have an innovative streak when it comes to working with cross sector partners. You will inspire, encourage, support and model best public health practice for colleagues and staff, and will demonstrate the ability to be agile and work flexibly in a changing health environment.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough's largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. You will enjoy good clinical support, responsive management and have the opportunity to work within our progressive and supportive DHB. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

The salary for this position will be the range of $161,304 - $240,000 (as per the current senior medical and dental officer collective agreement) dependent on skills, experience and gaining full vocational registration in NZ. You will also have access to up to 10 days CME Leave and a $16,000 allowance to put towards your continued medical education. Portfolios of priority work are negotiated and assigned within the Public Health Physicians allowing for you to have the opportunity to work in areas in which you have an interest.

Nelson is based at the top of the South Island and has a reputation as the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand. There are three large national parks all within 90 minutes drive. All outdoor pursuits are catered for providing opportunity for mountain biking, tramping, beach and water sports, and skiing and the region is well known for its wineries, art, crafts and relaxed lifestyle. For more information visit

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or +64 3 546 1274.

For role specific information please contact Cathy O'Malley, GM Strategy, Primary & Community, or Dr Stephen Bridgman, Clinical Director of Public Health,

Keen to apply now, it's easy. Please fill in our online application form.

Ref: N20-206.

Applications close: Thursday, 9 July 2020.
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Name Cathy O'Malley
Phone 64 3 546 1274
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