Public Health Specialist - Medical Officer of Health Nelson or Blenheim

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  • 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, organisations, 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 the team, there could be the possibility of part-time hours.

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

They 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 the team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, they are Nelson and Marlborough's largest employer, which means the opportunities are endless. The main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but spread across the region and service all parts of the community. The work can be challenging, but they are up for it. They have a great team and 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. Integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork are valued.

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

For general enquiries please contact the 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,

To apply, or for a copy of the full position description, please see here.

Applications close: Thursday, 9 July 2020.