Public Health Advisor - Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs

Regional Public Health is hiring.

  • Full time position - (40 hours a week)
  • Public Health Advisor- Liquor Licensing and Smokefree Enforcement
  • Based at Hutt Hospital campus

Are you an experienced Health Protection Officer, or have experience in enforcement and care about improving the health of our population?

RPH is looking for a full time person to carry out health promotion, assessments, inquiries and enforcement in relation to Liquor License applications under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, and the Smokefree Environments Act 1990.

As a RPH Public Health Advisor you’ll have excellent inquiry, negotiation and presentation skills.

You’ll be comfortable undertaking monitoring activities, initiating enforcement action including evidence gathering, and writing Briefs Of Evidence.

You’ll enjoy presenting at hearings, and working alongside other public health advisors, Medical Officers of Health, managers and external stakeholders including Police and Council liquor license inspectors.

An aptitude for teamwork is essential. You’ll also need to be a polished written and oral communicator, able to present your work in crisp, simple language to a variety of audiences.

Improving Māori health outcomes and reducing inequities are key priorities in this role. Commitment to improving health equity, and experience in analysis and presentation of data accessible and relevant to Māori, is ideal.

Qualifications and experience required:

  • Previous experience and knowledge of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 is desirable
  • Previous experience and knowledge of the Smokefree Environments Act 1990 is desirable
  • Health Protection Officer designated or previous enforcement experience in other sectors
  • Knowledge of delivering, facilitating and / or co-ordinating health promotion programmes, campaigns and projects
  • A Public Health qualification (desirable)

Technical Expertise:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective intersectoral, operational and community relationships
  • Knowledge and understanding of the intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the ability to apply this in your work
  • Ability to work across cultures in a way that respects and values diversity
  • Knowledge of key frameworks and practices in health promotion and public health
  • An understanding of health inequalities and the wider determinants of health
  • Able to carry out inquiries against the Acts and initiate enforcement action, including evidence gathering, writing Briefs Of Evidence, and presenting at hearings
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Competent computer skills, preferably with Microsoft Windows based software
  • Full drivers licence

Regional Public Health is one of the three larger public health units in New Zealand and often takes a national leadership role. RPH provides public health services to the greater Wellington region, including the Wairarapa.

For further information on this role, please email and indicate the vacancy number 9112344-19 and job title in the subject line.

How to apply

Please complete an online HVDHB application form through our careers website:

Applicants must have permanent residency or a valid long term working visa to be considered for this position.

Please note: We are unable to accept applications via email.

Applications close Sunday 25 August 2019.

Public Health Advisor

  • Immediate start
  • Full time permanent position (40 hours per week)
  • Serves the Wellington region

Addressing and reducing the health inequities in the current environment is a priority for Regional Public Health. We are seeking a person passionate about making a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of communities across the Wellington region, especially for our children, Māori and Pacific populations.

This position is part of our Healthy Communities team who are leading the way through innovative ways of working that promote and improve health in our region. In this role you will facilitate and strengthen physical activity and recreation, by working with like minded organisations, such as local councils, to create the supportive environments needed for our communities to thrive.

We want a motivated and skilled person who can make a positive difference, if you:

  • Can have a conversation with anyone.
  • Are not shy in coming forward
  • Have excellent skills in written English
  • Can lead social media platforms for physical activity
  • Are a team player
  • Hold a degree in public health or other relevant topic
  • Can share your knowledge about social determinants
  • Will help us meet the obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi

Then we want to hear from you.

How to apply

To apply for this position please submit via website with a cover letter (less than one-page) and a CV (less than 4 pages) that showcases:

  • What you have done in your career that has led you to this role?
  • How you will add value to our organisation?
  • You have proven skills, experience and attributes that we have outlined above.

Please note you must have permanent residency or a valid long term working visa to be considered for this position.

Applications close Saturday 31 August 2019.

Last updated 19 August 2019.