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Position Title: Director of Allied Health
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE 40 hours
Date Posted: 14/07/2020
Application Closing Date: 02/08/2020 11PM
Job #: 060529
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Director of Allied Health (DAH)

Strategy Primary and Community, Southern District Health Board

  •  District wide strategic and professional leadership role
  • Can be based in Dunedin, Southland or Lakes


Bring your professional leadership and Allied Health expertise to this strategic role and help shape the future of the SDHB’s Primary and Community services.


About the opportunity

We are now accepting applications for our next DAH for the Strategy, Primary & Community Directorate at Southern DHB.  This is an exciting permanent, full time, senior leadership position that provides strategic and operational allied health leadership and influence from a professional perspective, as well as providing advice to Managers and Clinicians across the Clinician Management partnership. 

Reporting operationally to the Executive Director Strategy Primary and Community and professionally to the Chief Allied Health Scientific & Technical Officer, this role provides an opportunity to innovate and to positively work with, and support, the Professional Leaders of the allied health, public health, scientific and technical professions across our diverse District.  Essential and effective engagement includes the wider clinical, non-clinical and management leaders and staff across the Southern Health System to optimise our people/ whanau and patients’ experience of care and outcomes. This is the opportunity to be a key influencer in the workforce planning and direction required for the implementation of the SDHB Primary and Community Strategy.


About you

Our leadership teams have strength in being supportive and working with the philosophy that each member contributes to the success of the team.  We are looking for someone with energy for change and innovation, as well as demonstrated prior success in a senior leadership role along with an up-to-date knowledge of professional practice issues.  Strategic agility as well as a commitment to operational excellence will ensure you stand apart and get the buy in from key stakeholders and your peers.  Experience and knowledge of the health sector challenges and opportunities as well as the Southern Health System and future models of care would be desirable to take us forward.

As a credible influencer, you will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with people at all levels within the organisation to continue to foster an environment of working together with our people and communities.

It is essential that you are registered with a relevant allied health professional body of New Zealand, or where registration is not available, you are a member of their respective professional association.


About us

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: Sunday 2nd August 2020

Please note that applications will be reviewed throughout the recruitment process and advertising may be withdrawn early if a suitable candidate is identified. If you are interested in this vacancy don’t delay, apply now!

For further information please contact Sarah Burgess, Recruitment Advisor – Corporate Directorate Phone: (03) 470 9021 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.


Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.

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