Public Health Physician/Medical Officer of Health Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay DHB


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi. Engari, he toa takitini.

Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.


Hawke's Bay District Heath Board has an excellent opportunity for a specialist who is looking for a new and exciting challenge in their Public Health Medicine career.

The post is a permanent 0.8 FTE role (0.6 - 0.8FTE negotiable). Duties and areas of responsibility will be negotiated with the Clinical and Executive Directors for the Health Improvement and Equity Directorate.

You will be working in a centre of excellence for NZ Public Health practice that provides both professional challenges and a highly collegial work environment. You will be passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of our people and about eliminating health inequities experienced by disadvantaged groups within our community.

Your strengths will include:

  • An ability to think strategically being conscious of the 'big picture' both globally and locally.  You will have a sound appreciation of current and future directions for Public Health and be able to apply this to the Hawke's Bay context.
  • An ability to adapt quickly to new environments
  • To work effectively as both team member and leader
  • An ability to investigate and manage communicable disease outbreaks and to assess and manage environmental health incidents is essential
  • An ability to provide leadership in evaluating and developing health improvement programmes and public health services.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills, including the ability to apply them to the area of community consultation and liaison. 
  • An ability to build relationships and work effectively with Tangata Whenua (first nation people) and other minority communities.


Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, is famous for its warm and sunny climate and bountiful produce. The region's population of 166,000 is spread between the twin cities of Hastings and Napier, and the surrounding countryside and towns.  The region is undergoing significant growth and is a great place for families with a number of excellent state schools and easy access to recreational opportunities.  Overall Hawke's Bay offers an enviable lifestyle for you and your family - you won't want to leave!  For more information on Hawke's Bay's lifestyle see here.

Applications for the above position are invited from Registered Specialists in Public Health Medicine or eligible for vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. Applications may also be considered from Medical Practitioners with an interest in public health and epidemiology or final year Public Health Medicine Registrars looking for experience in a supportive Public Health Unit.

If you have any questions about this position please contact Dr Nicholas Jones (Clinical Director) at

To view the position profile please click HERE. Please apply online.

To make an application and view the Position Profile please visit our web site:

Vacancy No:  HAW01209

Closing Date: 26 July 2019


The Values of the Hawke's Bay health sector are:

He kauanuanu - Respect

Ākina  - Improvement

Rāranga te tira  -Teamwork

Tauwhiro - Care