Public Health Physician | Dunedin, Invercargill or Queenstown (closes 21 January)

Public Health Physician

Permanent, 1.0 FTE

Could be based in Dunedin, Invercargill or Queenstown

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Public Health Physician for our Public Health Service. This is a senior leadership role in a growing service as we respond to COVID-19, promote and protect the health of our people and environment, and move in the national public health unit in 2022. You will need to be innovative and resilient to manage an evolving landscape of public health demands, supporting and influencing life, and sustaining communities.

About you

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.

You will be part of a team of senior colleagues in the Public Health Unit to provide leadership to the service and District Health Board. 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. An ability to think strategically and translate strategic goals into operational plans is essential. 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 be an excellent communicator, both verbal and written. The on-call roster will be shared with the current Public Health Physicians. Due to the ongoing Public Health Covid19 response, a proven ability to work under pressure is essential. A full driver's licence is essential and travel will be required.

About us

Southern DHB's Public Health Service has three offices - Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown with 62 staff. Our staff work collaboratively with our partners address the determinants of health and reduce inequities and improve the health and wellbeing of our southern communities where they live, learn, work and play.

You can choose to be based either in the cities of Dunedin, Invercargill or Queenstown and travel around Otago and Southland will be required. With some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday spots on our doorstep (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.

About Dunedin

Dunedin is a great little city with a big town feel and well-known for its Southern Hospitality. Outside of work, you will find life in Dunedin to be very easy with its great schools, laid back lifestyle and world-famous wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. This compact yet vibrant regional city has plenty of energy, which is to be expected with it being a University town. This sustains great activities such as theatre, stunning gardens, art galleries, live-music and a diverse selection of restaurants and cafés. Central Otago is a notable holiday destination and many outdoor recreation opportunities are easily accessible from Dunedin.

We will be screening applications before the closing date to ensure we can start interviewing once the role closes on Friday, 21 January 2022 but this may be closed earlier.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your current clinical skills, we have a range of clinical roles, get in touch as there could be a place for you!

For a job description or to discuss further, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers with your CV. Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email:

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than the 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

• Occupational health assessment

• Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks

• Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: