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Position Title: Director of Midwifery
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE 40 hours
Date Posted: 24/12/2019
Application Closing Date: 31/01/2020 11PM
Job #: 060388
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Director of Midwifery

  • Significant leadership role
  • District wide scope with travel required
  • Based in Dunedin or Invercargill


Start 2020 as our new Director of Midwifery! 

Southern DHB is strengthening midwifery leadership and has recently consulted with key stakeholders and reviewed national and international best practice on how this can best be achieved across our Southern Health System.  As a result we have committing to introducing additional operational leadership resource once the new Director of Midwifery has been appointed, so this is a real opportunity to be part of this decision making and new structure to take us forward. 


About the Opportunity

This role is positioned to focus on championing professional leadership and strategy for improving the quality of care for women and their babies across all maternity settings.  You will ‘lead with influence' across the wider system strengthening the midwifery voice at all levels as well as championing new models of care, workforce planning and development.

This really is a unique opportunity to help set us up for the future as we continue to transform the models of care and services we provide to our diverse communities.

Working in partnership with the General Manager Operations and the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer you will ensure that professional midwifery practice is consistent with evidence-based practice, as well as the overall vision, values and philosophy of the Southern District Health Board.

This role will be pivotal in ensuring we are able to deliver safe, comprehensive, contemporary and high quality maternity services within the resources available. 


About You

We are looking for an inspirational leader who demonstrates clinical credibility and highly effective influencing capability together with effective relationship management and engagement skill.  You will be approachable, resilient, persistent and focused on our commitment to making a difference and will model the behaviour expected in an experienced midwifery leader, including actively seeking to develop future midwifery leaders. 


About the Southern DHB

The 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. Our customers – patients, staff and communities - are at the forefront of everything we do.

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: Friday 31 January 2020. 

We will be interviewing for this position in early February 2020.

For further information after 6 January please contact Jo Schmelz, Recruitment Manager Phone: (03) 470 9603 or Email:


Children’s Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

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