25 Nov 2021

Fixed-term Cultural Connector – Pacific COVID-19

Southern District Health Board – Posted by HainesAttractDunedin, Otago, New Zealand


Job Description

Public Health

  • New full-time, fixed-term position – 40 hours per week
  • Based in either Dunedin, Invercargill or Queenstown
  • Fixed until 30.06.2022

About the opportunity

This role will provide cultural liaison support to the Public Health Service with a primary focus on the COVID-19 response and responsible for providing guidance, leadership and support to Public Health Staff to ensure their project work has an equity focus, across the district.

Key focus areas include the following:

  • Building strong relationships with Pacific Health providers and community
  • Advocating timely/appropriate and well-being support for cases, contacts and Pacific fanau
  • Support the COVID-19 response team to deliver culturally appropriate services
  • During a local response, link in with the Public Health Emergency response team to ensure services and needs are being addressed in a timely and appropriate manner
  • To advise and inform the development of processes and procedures that supports ongoing engagement with Pacific fanau in contact tracing and case management
  • Provide guidance, support and leadership in developing plans for ensuring timely and appropriate well-being support for cases, contacts and fanua who are Pasifika
  • Develop a culturally appropriate fanau ola approach to our COVID-19 response and to the wider work the Public Health service delivers
  • To be trained in the National Contact Tracing Solution platform for contact tracing and/or case investigation and to support contact tracing when Pacific fanau are involved

About you:

  • Experience in working to improve Pacific Health outcomes
  • Experience working within Pacific Health, but if not, have real passion and strong links to Pacific communities
  • Proven ability in applying an equity lens over any work being developed
  • Pacific language skills and confidence to navigate different conversation dynamics
  • Good interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively with people at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent computing skills including the ability to use Microsoft products (MSTeams, word, powerpoint, excel)
  • High level of confidentiality and ability to act with discretion and sensitivity at all times
  • Current full driver’s licence (travel across the district may be required)

If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you.

Why Southern?

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there is literally something for everyone. Why don’t you check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

About the Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

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Closing date: Sunday, 12 December 2021.

Due to the fast-paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Theonette Ramsden, Recruitment Advisor – Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate. Phone (03) 214 5770 or email: theonette.ramsden@southerndhb.govt.nz

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid vaccination requirement

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to be fully vaccinated, as required by the order, by 1 January 2022.

How to Apply

To apply We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: https://careers.southernhealth.nz/job-invite/10283/

Job Categories: Community /Public Health. Job Types: Fixed-term. Job expires in 4 days.

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