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Position Title: Kaiawhina – Dunedin Hospital
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): Permanent Full time (40hours/per week)
Date Posted: 03/09/2019
Application Closing Date: 23/09/2019 11PM
Job #: 059519
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Southern DHB Māori Health Directorate

Te Ara Hauora, Dunedin Hospital

  • New full time permanent position
  • 40 hours per week
  • Based at Dunedin Hospital


About the Team

The secondary care Kaupapa Māori General Health service – Te Ara Hauora is a Māori Liaison service based at Dunedin Hospital and sits within the Southern DHB Māori Health Directorate. The team comprises of a Registered Nurse and Kaiawhina with support provided by the Southern DHB Kaumatua and others.  Te Ara Hauora service is part of a wider Māori Health team that includes Te Huinga Tahi based in Southland Hospital and the secondary care Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services of Te Oranga Tonu Tanga and Te Korowai Hou Ora.

About the Role

The Kaiawhina will focus on prevention, health promotion, and early intervention and will provide a navigator role to support Māori patients and their whānau in hospital to return back to their home/community and General Practice to improve Māori health outcomes.  The Kaiawhina will work as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing an advocacy and support role for patients and their whānau with decision making and discharge planning.  The Kaiawhina will provide cultural support and advice to other Southern DHB colleagues and work in collaboration with the Southern DHB Home Team, WellSouth Outreach Service, Māori Health Providers and others.

About You

We are seeking a highly motivated individual who is a recognized Māori leader within Māori Health and/or the local Māori community. 

  • You will have knowledge of Maori world view – Whakapapa, Whanau, hapu, iwi.
  • You will be proficient/learning in Te Reo
  • Have strong communication and relationship skills
  • Good community networks including knowledge of Māori Health Providers
  • High level of confidentiality and ability to act with discretion and sensitivity at all times.
  • Have excellent reading, writing and computer literacy.
  • A full NZ Drivers licence.

About the Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.

The Location

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone.  Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Closing Date: 23rd September 2019

For further information please contact Sam Cunningham, Recruitment Advisor – Corporate and Women’s & Children’s Directorates Phone: (03) 213 5427 or Email:

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