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Chief Medical Officer

Employer Southern DHB
Workplace Southern District Healthboard
Specialty Geriatric Medicine
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date Open
Employer Southern DHB Workplace Southern District Healthboard
Specialty Geriatric Medicine Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date Open

Job description

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, you will be part of a diverse and inclusive group of colleagues where collaboration is an important element of our team makeup. This role focuses on clinical outcomes and clinical relationships to ensure SDHB 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 changes management experience to take a leading role with Southern DHB. Working alongside your Executive colleagues and reporting directly to the CEO, you will play a critical role in providing clinical leadership across the whole DHB. At a national and South Island level, you will represent Southern DHB and its interests in clinical matters. Within the Southern Region, you will take the lead on building upon the strong relationships the DHB enjoys 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 Southern DHB.

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 the patient, best for system approach. This role will also ensure we actively support the development, professional conduct, and welfare of our medical workforce.

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 traveling around the Southern Region.

About us

The Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to over 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.

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 is 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 cafes. Central Otago is a notable holiday destination and many outdoor recreation opportunities are easily accessible from Dunedin.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website:

For further information or for a copy of the position description, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers, Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email:

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)
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Vacancy contact details
Name Agatha Chen
Phone +64 3 470 9604
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