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Chief Medical Officer – Ministry of Health – New Zealand

Chief Medical Officer – Ministry of Health – New Zealand

Location: Wellington - New Zealand
Job Type: Full-time
Date Posted: 12/11/2020
Job Contact:

+64 4 816 2478


Chief Medical Officer – Ministry of Health

  • High-profile, strategic leadership position
  • Influence and shape health policy
  • Help set the course for the future of healthcare in New Zealand

With the whole world looking at New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, here’s your chance to see the view from the other side of the spotlight.

This is the culmination of all your years of experience in strategic and clinical leadership. Working alongside our Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, and reporting directly to the Director-General of Health, your leadership and advice will guide the Ministry’s health policy to ensure that clinicians are able and empowered to deliver the health services that every New Zealander deserves.

Make no mistake, this is an influential role. It’s about looking to the future and shaping health policy at a systems and national level. It will be your expert advice that informs our direction and strategy, and helps the Ministry make the big decisions that ultimately achieve our health and wellbeing objectives.

Leadership and communication are mainstays of this role, along with extensive experience as a clinician and professional knowledge of national and international policy issues. You’ll be someone who knows how important it is to build relationships with people from all sectors, cultures and communities and to work together strategically to manage issues. In short, every day you’ll display the excellent communication our Ministry’s become known for.

Over the years, you’ll have built up a nationally respected profile within the medical profession, and a strong understanding of the complementary, and sometimes conflicting, roles played by the government, the private sector and professional organisations in healthcare. With a keen knowledge of, and commitment to, the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, you’ll boast a wealth of experience working successfully in a range of diverse cultural contexts, especially in delivering services for Māori and Pasifika.

The Ministry’s current national and global recognition is unprecedented, which makes this role significant and high-profile, and there’s a huge amount of important work to do. It’s a chance for you to get to work on the other side of our health system, and for your clinical expertise to be at the very centre of decision-making and policy setting.

With so much going on, and so much important work to do, this is absolutely a career defining role – and one where you can help set the course for the future of healthcare in New Zealand.

How to apply

For a copy of the Position Description or to apply for this role, please visit https://careers.health.govt.nz/jobs/MOH-1493771

Need more information?

For further information regarding the role, please contact the Recruitment team at recruitment@health.govt.nz. If you have any accessibility needs you would like to discuss, please call +64 4 816 2478.

We encourage diversity and inclusion at the Ministry of Health and are committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures. In particular, we want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all. Therefore, please let us know if there is any support we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you. You can contact us at recruitment@health.govt.nz if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have

Applications close: Sunday 29th November 2020

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