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Chief Medical Adviser

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)
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Wellington (Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara)
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Job Description

  • Permanent or secondment opportunity with flexible work options
  • Wellington based preferable
  • $191,375 to $270,176 based on demonstrable skills, knowledge & experience

'Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi'  –  ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

Health Services lead the delivery of patient-focused primary health care services to people within prisons across the country. Hōkai Rangi, our over-arching strategic direction,  clearly outlines the important of good mental and physical health to achieving our outcomes of reducing reoffending.  This places the work of the Health Team at Ara Poutama at the heart of our business.


Mō te tūnga | About the role

The Chief Medical Adviser acts as the primary point of contact for contracted medical officers with a responsibility for development and overseeing of a quality assurance framework for this contracted group. The Chief Medical Advisor will also be able to provide expertise and guidance in relation to key stakeholder relationships such as with the Health and Disability Commissioner, and the Health, Safety and Research Council. 

This role provides strategic and professional advice which informs the development and implementation of Ara Poutama's health strategy, whilst being accountable for developing and strengthening relationships with medically qualified stakeholders outside of the department.  Cultural competence, previous experience working with Māori communities and your demonstrated commitment to improving health outcomes for Māori is paramount.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We invite applications from registered and professionally credible General Practitioners with a minimum of 20 years' experience and who can evidence the following skills and expertise:

  • Demonstrated understanding of whole of system approaches to improving health for prisoners and the wider community through interventions in prisons;
  • Ability to support nurse-led health services and proven commitment to work in a collaborative way;
  • Sound leadership and people management experience;
  • Professional credibility within the New Zealand primary health workforce;
  • Proven ability to maintain highly effective professional relationships, including functional relationships with technical experts from a range of disciplines;
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and analyse evidence-based best practice to address complex health issues;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to communicate complex concepts to a range of stakeholders; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the obligations of health practitioners under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Further info

To apply, submit your CV and a tailored cover letter describing your motivation for applying and highlight your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities that meet the criteria in the Job Description.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 12 April. Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing Monday 20 April.  All shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in either a formal video or telephone interview.

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** Notice about COVID-19 **

We are part of the group of essential organisations that provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand. During times of increased COVID-19 alert, our recruitment and onboarding processes will continue however will be changed to include increased health measures. We will work with candidates throughout the process to ensure safety and help stop the spread.

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