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Director of Proceedings

Health and Disability Commissioner
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

The Director of Proceedings exercises independent statutory functions under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994. As Director, you will report to the Commissioner and independently decide whether to bring proceedings before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal or the Human Rights Review Tribunal. You will lead a small team based in Wellington.


This is a great opportunity for an experienced litigator to play a key role in New Zealand's medico-legal system, including involvement in appeals and judicial review proceedings.


The purpose of the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 is to promote and protect the rights of people using health and disability services and to facilitate the resolution of complaints. 


To succeed in this role you will need:


  • a proven track record in managing and undertaking litigation
  • the ability to contribute to the strategic leadership of HDC
  • the ability to exercise independent judgement
  • a reputation for personal integrity and professional objectivity
  • the ability to work with consumers in an empathetic and professional manner
  • experience managing staff


A competitive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Information about HDC, a job description and application form can be found at


All applicants must complete an HDC application form in order to be considered.  


For a confidential discussion, contact Jane Temel on 04 471 1423 or Paula Watts on 09 377 2248.  To apply, send your application form, CV and covering letter to by the closing date of Friday, 20 October.


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