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Chief Clinical Advisor, COVID-19 Health System Response

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Closing Date: 20 Oct 2021

The Ministry of Health is looking for a Chief Clinical Advisor to join their COVID-19 Health System Response team in Wellington.

This is a fixed term contract with some flexibility around the length of term and hours of work.

The COVID-19 Health System Response Directorate provides oversight of all activities contributing to the Ministry's COVID-19 response. It is led by the Deputy Chief Executive COVID-19 Health System Response and is accountable for the Ministry's COVID-19 plan.

The role of the Chief Clinical Advisor is to provide senior clinical strategic advice and guidance to the Group Manager, Deputy Chief Executive and senior leadership team in the development and delivery of COVID-19 public health strategy and design, service development, programme management and policy advice.

What you'll bring to the role:

  • Extensive clinical experience and expertise in either general practice or public health medicine. Hold a registered medical practitioner current Annual Practising Certificate and vocational registration as a specialist medical practitioner in a relevant specialty (FRNZCGP, FNZCPHM, FAFPHM, FRACMA or similar)
  • Significant health practice experience in culturally diverse communities
  • Experience and expertise in at least one of: medicine, public health, primary health care, nursing, quality improvement, Māori health, Pacific health, allied health, and/or DHB clinical care
  • Knowledge of Whānau Ora approaches to Māori health, Māori models of health and working a Māori context and/or Pacific health
  • Proven ability to write and talk about complex clinical and technical issues clearly and concisely
  • Significant experience working to improve public health outcomes, reduce inequalities and improve the health of communities living in New Zealand
  • Proven ability to tailor complex messages to a range of audiences including clinical, government, executive/senior managers and the public
  • In depth understanding of New Zealand cultures, communities and perspectives on public health
  • In depth understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the Ministry's role in improving outcomes for Māori
  • Strong understanding of the parliamentary process and the ability to apply good judgement and political nous
  • Proven ability to work effectively in teams, and to achieve outcomes from a position of influence rather than control
  • Ability to coach and mentor staff
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship abilities
  • Excellent analytical and strategic skills
  • Knowledge and experience of public health approaches that impact on health inequities

A copy of the position description can be viewed here.

For further information, contact Sally Thomas at or on 021 678 484.




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