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Regional Public Health (RPH) is one of the three larger public health units in New Zealand and as such often takes on a national leadership role. RPH provides public health services to the greater Wellington region, including Wairarapa (population of approximately 463,000). There are a wide range of roles in the organisation: health protection officers, public health physicians, medical officers, public health advisors, public health analysts, public health nurses, vision and hearing technicians, management, administration, communications and information systems.

Our current vacancies

WellKiwis Research Nurse

Interested in influenza and COVID-19 research? Fixed term opportunity join and participate in our clinical research team.

Contract: 8 month fixed term- full time

Secondment or recruitment opportunities for Registered Nurses

  • Love working for a DHB and ready for a new recruitment opportunity?
  • Wanting an opportunity to participate in a research team
  • Interested in influenza and COVID-19 research
  • Confident in phlebotomy

About the role

Regional Public Health (RPH) has an exciting fixed term 8 month opportunity within Hutt Valley DHB to participate in a clinical research team, supported by Regional Public Health and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR). The WellKiwis research team are made up of experienced public health nurses and phlebotomists.

RPH successfully participated in SHIVERS II in 2018 to 2020 and the WellKiwis study in 2020. The 2021 season brings a new study WellKiwis - household transmission, which is looking at influenza immunity and transmission within the household setting. Symptomatic participants will also be tested for COVID-19, we will ensure staff and participants are protected through the use of PPE and mobile swabbing. Once the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out in New Zealand, the study will examine its effectiveness within the study cohort.

This research is funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and St. Jude Children’s Hospital USA . The research programme is based at the National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease, Upper Hutt.

The Role:

This position is predominantly Monday-Friday with some flexibility to assist with occasional community events participation, or collection of samples in evenings/weekends as required. The role supports the wider clinical team by:

  • Triaging and monitoring participant survey responses within a timely manner
  • Contacting symptomatic participants by phone, matching symptoms against case definition, keeping accurate documentation and arranging required visits
  • Mobile clinical sampling (nasopharyngeal swabs, throat/nasal swabs, blood samples)
  • Taking blood samples from participants and household members of all ages
  • Education of study participants around their participation in the study (use of self-swabbing kits, education around symptom management etc.)
  • The opportunity to be part of an innovative, International study and develop an understanding of research methods, and research ethics

Services are delivered from the National Centre of Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (ESR), Wallaceville, Upper Hutt and will require working in the community visiting study participants at their home. Resources include access to the use of a clinical testing van/car, cell phone, laptop and clinical supplies.

Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • New Zealand Registered Nurse with current practicing certificate
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable working in unusual or complex environments
  • Have a full drivers licence, and geographical knowledge of the greater Wellington region
  • Phlebotomy experience (ideally comfortable with a range of ages)
  • Experience in triaging/phone nursing, emergency department, paediatric, practice nursing, midwifery or public health an advantage

How to apply

For further information on this role, please email our Recruitment Team and indicate the vacancy number 1114090-21 and job title in the subject line.

Apply and see a copy of the job description on our careers website: healthyjobs.co.nz.

Please note: For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Closing date: Thursday 11 March 2021

Public Health Medicine Specialist / Medical Officer of Health

New role involving health promotion, public health advocacy and integrated projects within the Wellington region.

We have a new role for a Medical Officer of Health (MOoH).

Duties

  • Co-lead our Health in All Policies approach across the greater Wellington region, with multiple stakeholders
  • Contribute to effective health promotion, public health advocacy and integrated projects.
  • Contribute to the MOoH on-call roster to provide 24-hour cover across the region

Skills and Experience

  • Relevant qualification and experience in public health medicine; vocational registration in public health medicine with the Medical Council of New Zealand and able to be designated by the Director-General of Health as a Medical Officer as Health.
  • An understanding of health inequities and the wider determinants of health
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ability to apply this in your work
  • Proven leadership and experience in public health including a track record of taking an innovative and entrepreneurial approach.

We offer a supportive workplace culture with a commitment to your on-going professional development. This includes; a comprehensive orientation programme, training and study opportunities, and peer support.

How to apply

For further information on this role, please email our Recruitment Team and indicate the vacancy number 1114160-21 and job title in the subject line.

Apply and see a copy of the job description on our careers website: healthyjobs.co.nz.

Please note: For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Closing date: Monday 22 March 2021

Ngā Āpiha Tākuta | Medical Officer

Casual Response Team - to supplement existing capacity during our ongoing COVID-19 response.

Location: Hutt Hospital

Contract: Casual

THE ROLE

We have an opportunity for medical practitioners to join our team of highly skilled and passionate medical professionals.

We seek highly motivated, energetic people who are organised, flexible and can be called upon to supplement existing capacity in RPH at times of increased demand (a “surge”) with our ongoing COVID-19 response.

Medical Officers working at RPH during surge periods are expected to primarily be involved in providing medical oversight of and support for case and contact management teams, however may also be involved in other areas of the response. The Medical Officer role is office-based, without face-to-face interaction with cases or contacts.

We offer a fully paid comprehensive orientation programme for these roles and for attendance at any ongoing training that is required. A supportive workplace culture with a commitment to on-going professional development and peer support are also offered to our Medical Officers.

ABOUT YOU

You will ideally have an interest and experience working in community settings and have experience caring and interacting with a diverse range of people. Registration with the Medical Council of NZ and a current APC is also required.

HOW TO APPLY

For further information on this role, please email our Recruitment Team and indicate the vacancy number 113946-20 and job title in the subject line.

Apply and see a copy of the job description on our careers website: healthyjobs.co.nz.

Please note: For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Closing date: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Last updated 5 March 2021.