Public Health Physician

Gisborne (Region) (NZ)
12 Jun 2019
05 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Public Health Physician        



The public health services at Te Puna Waiora (TPW) provide specialist public health medicine advice to the staff at Hauora Tairāwhiti, general practitioners within the community, primary health care practitioners, government agencies and the general public within the Tairāwhiti region. This role is one of three part time positions within the department and as part of the role the candidate would need to work as the designated Medical Officer of Health (or work towards designation) in a 1:3 roster.

The role would be responsible for an assigned portfolio of duties which would include:

  • Supporting the development and maintenance of strategic relationships which are crucial to the success of Te Puna Waiora and Public Health including, but not limited to the Tairāwhiti Health Board and its committees, Primary Health Organisations and local government;
  • Support the Operations Manager with operational management of the team. There is no human resource management responsibility
  • Deliver on Medical Officer of Health statutory and non-statutory roles including communicable disease, environmental health, alcohol and water regulation;
  • Advocate for population health priorities in a variety of settings and services, with an emphasis on equity;
  • Participate in teaching and tutorial sessions within the team, the wider DHB and the community;
  • Provide support and mentoring to other staff including, health protection officers, health promoters and public health nurses;

This position would suit a qualified and vocationally registered (or able to obtain registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand) Public Health Medicine Specialist, but the department would be interested to receive applications from Public Health Medicine Registrars who are nearing completion of vocational training.

We are looking for a colleague and team-player who is keen to enhance our Public Health service, and who will take the initiative to help us develop Tairāwhiti as a bicultural region. We particularly welcome applications from public health practitioners who are Maori or who have strong interest and knowledge of Te Reo and Tikanga Maori.


Vocationally registered as a Public Health Medicine Specialist with the Medical Council of New Zealand (registration must be current at all times)

If not vocationally registered in New Zealand then hold a comparable qualification such as:

  • Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health Medicine
  • Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine in Public Health Medicine
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (Ireland)
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (London)
  • Membership of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine or the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine would be favourable
  • Will be designated (or work towards designation) as a Medical Officer of Health by the Director General of Health.
  • Current New Zealand Driver’s License or Valid International Driver’s License – as driving may be required


Te Puna Waiora (TPW) is the Planning, Funding and Population Health division of Tairāwhiti District Health Board (trading as Hauora Tairāwhiti). Te Puna Waiora, Community Health is responsible for maintaining relationships and links between Hauora Tairāwhiti, other providers, the community and relevant agencies, for ensuring that Hauora Tairāwhiti collaborates and
co-operates with other parties, to enable the provision of the best services possible for the people.

Recognised as an ideal place to raise a family, Gisborne is a relaxed city offering access to outstanding leisure pursuits and a caring, safe community. The city has superb outdoor facilities, golden beaches, a warm climate and a vibrant local economy based on wineries, agriculture and tourism. Enjoy a healthy ‘work life balance’ within a supportive team.


Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online TDH application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button.

Applications close on 5th July 2019.

Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format.

For further information on this role, please email Kuini Puketapu at and please indicate the vacancy number (TAI00911) and job title in the subject line.

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