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Position Title: Chief Allied Health, Scientific & Technical Officer
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE (40 hours)
Date Posted: 18/04/2019
Application Closing Date: 01/05/2019 11PM
Job #: 058178
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Chief Allied Health, Scientific & Technical Officer

  • Pivotal leadership role reporting to the CEO
  • Based in Dunedin or Invercargill

About Us

The Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to over 315,000 people. We take pride in the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our population. Our customers – patients, staff and communities - are at the heart of everything we do.  We’re undergoing significant transformation, and with a focus on clinical and quality excellence, and on further enhancing our organisational culture, we aim to make Southern DHB an employer of choice. In order to achieve this, we’re committed to putting the right people, with the right skills, into the right roles. 

About the Role

A senior leadership opportunity is now available as Chief Allied Health, Scientific & Technical Officer.  The role has professional responsibilities for our allied health, scientific and technical staff and will work in partnership with Executive Directors to ensure both operational and professional direction are aligned.  Working in a clinical partnership with the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Primary Care Advisor, Chief Maori Health Advisor, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, and Chairs of the Clinical Council and Community Health Council and other key internal and external stakeholders, exemplary relationship management skills will be necessary.   This is a broad role where you will represent 24% of our workforce that includes more than 30 discrete professions each having their own professional identity, codes of ethics, practice competencies, workforce training and development needs. These workforces cover a range of health professions including regulated, self-regulated and unregulated staff committed to providing best in class patient care.

About You

A key responsibility of the Chief Allied Health, Scientific & Technical Officer will be advising the DHB in achieving its strategic health goals and as well as providing advice on clinical governance.  This is both an operational and strategic role requiring demonstration of innovation, forward thinking, business acumen and advocacy.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you:

  • Are an Allied Health, Scientific or Technical  Professional with registration and a current practising certificate where applicable
  • Have a Post graduate qualification or equivalent in a clinical area relevant to the position
  • Have at least 10 years recent experience since registration.

Is the role challenging?  Absolutely!  But a significant amount of work has been done by the retiring Chief and the appetite for getting things right at Southern DHB is strong amongst your colleagues.  We are seeking applications from credible senior leaders with appropriate experience, qualifications and the personal qualities who are looking to further their career with an invigorated organisation that is totally committed to making positive change as we move towards new models of care and a new hospital which will further enable those changes. 

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: Wednesday 1 May

For further information please review the position description or contact Jo Schmelz, Recruitment Manager on 03 4709603 or


How to Apply  
You can contact the Recruitment team by emailing, or by calling 03 470 9357 (Otago) or 03 214 7220 (Southland)
If you have any questions regarding this position please contact the Recruitment Advisor using the contact details given above.

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