Medical Officer Special Scale (MO) - Public Health Physician - COVID-19 Response Southern DHB - Dunedin

Southern DHB 

  • Current NZMC registered SMO including GP and PGY2+
  • Dunedin
  • Fixed term (18 months), part-time

Do you have an interest in Public Health and the ability to enhance the capabilities of the public health service in the Southern District Health Board in a fixed term, 0.5 FTE role for 18 months? This role is open to current NZMC vocationally registered SMOs and PGY2+ candidates.

This role will primarily provide support to the Public Health team at Southern DHB and the response to district COVID-19 notifications. You will provide leadership and coaching for the scoping, gathering of new Case and Contact details, developing a Case Management Plan, lead case reviews, lead outbreaks, and upskilling and coaching of team members. You will be liaising with our local PHO regarding COVID-19 testing implementation; supporting Public Health staff in overseeing testing for border workers.

Supporting a Public Health response to other disease notifications, you will provide clinical advice to clinicians, support nurses and health protection officers with assigned areas in support of PHS activities in the control of communicable diseases.

Due to the ongoing Public Health COVID-19 response, a proven ability to work under pressure is essential.

You will already hold registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand under a general or vocational scope. A full driver's licence is essential and travel will be required.

There are three offices across the district - Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown, with 56 staff. The DHB is working through an exciting transformational change. Staff work collaboratively with DHB partners as they move toward using health in all policies approaches to address the determinants of health, reducing inequities and improving the health and wellbeing of southern communities where they live, learn, work and play.

With some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday spots the doorstep (Queenstown, Wanaka, Milford Sound, Stewart Island, to name but a few), the southern district offers affordable living, great schools, a true work-life balance, and a relaxed way of life with no traffic jam in sight. Dunedin is a vibrant University town and a great place to live and work. Invercargill is situated at the base of the South Island and the people are renowned for their warmth and hospitality.

Closing date: Monday, 19 April 2021

For further information please contact Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers on (03) 470 9604, or email

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