Senior Medical Officer/Public Health Physician Dunedin

Southern Dhb

Location: Otago

FTE (Hours): Permanent 1.0 FTE


About the Role

Southern DHB's Public Health Service has three offices - Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown with 56 staff. As part of a team of senior colleagues in the Public Health Unit you will contribute to providing leadership within the service and across the District Health Board to embed this way of working. You will bring your experience and skills in building strong relationships with partners across health and other sectors, understanding communities' needs and developing innovative programmes.

As a service we are currently undergoing an exciting transformational change. Our staff work collaboratively with our partners. We are moving toward using 'health in all policies' approaches to address the determinants of health, reduce inequities and improve the health and wellbeing of our southern communities.  

The on-call roster will be shared with the current Public Health Physicians.


About You

It is essential that you are a strategic thinker, who can translate strategic goals into operational plans. You will be able to balance a sound approach to responding to health protection issues and communicable disease control with the ability to provide leadership to work on a broad range of social and environmental issues that impact on health. You will have an interest in quality improvement and evaluation and the ability to demonstrate the impact and outcomes of our work.

You will already have, or be able to achieve vocational registration in public health medicine with the Medical Council of New Zealand, and be able to be designated by the Director-General of Health as a Medical Officer of Health. This is a senior medical officer (specialist/consultant) role within the District Health Board.


About Southern DHB

Our DHB covers the largest geographical catchment of all the DHB's in New Zealand. We proudly provide top quality healthcare to our population.  The two main hospitals in the region are located in Dunedin and Invercargill cities and both are affiliated with the University of Otago Medical School providing opportunities for teaching, research and offers our staff ready access to continuing professional development as we help provide training to students.

In addition to enjoying a varied workload and an exceptional quality of life, you can look forward to a culture where staff are included, valued and respected for their expertise.

The Location

You can choose to be based either in the cities of Dunedin or Invercargill with occasional travel around Otago and Southland. With some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday spots on our doorsteps (Queenstown, Wanaka, Milford Sound, Stewart Island, to name but a few), our district offers affordable living, great schools, a true work-life balance, and a relaxed way of life with no traffic jams 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. 

A full driver's licence is essential and travel will be required.


Closing Date: Open until a suitable candidate is found.


Candidates who are not currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Council should be aware that from 1 November 2017 it will be the requirement of the NZ Medical Council that your qualifications are approved through EPIC. If you have a commitment to working in New Zealand it is highly recommended that you start this process as soon as possible so as to allow your subsequent registration to be undertaken in a timely fashion. For more information please visit MCNZ website re  EPIC Credentialing


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For further information please contact Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers, Phone (03) 470 9604 or

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