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Position Title: General Manager Health, Safety and Welfare
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE 40 hours
Date Posted: 11/06/2019
Application Closing Date: 30/06/2019 11PM
Job #: 058464
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General Manager Health, Safety and Welfare


  • Significant leadership role with mandate to make this your own
  • District-wide scope and organisational impact
  • Refreshed team structure


About Us

The Southern DHB has the largest geographical 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, and 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

We are seeking an experienced senior leader to be our next GM Health Safety & Welfare.  Reporting to the Executive Director People, Culture & Technology and based at Dunedin Hospital you will lead a refreshed team of health, safety, welfare and occupational health professionals in Dunedin and Invercargill covering our broad region.  Our diverse workforce is one of the largest in the Southern region so this creates complex and varied health and safety challenges. 


Now is an exciting time to take the reins and own health, safety and welfare for our people.  In the last couple of years we have made significant improvement in our health, safety and wellbeing performance and overall outcomes.  With a new Health, Safety & Welfare Strategy and action plan being embedded there is still plenty to do to continue to drive us towards excellence.  We have worked hard and are proud of maintaining our tertiary status with the ACC Partnership Programme.  We have also received external commendations for our new HS&W governance structures and processes that ensure governance and management leaders are actively ‘out and about’ observing and having the appropriate conversations about patient and staff safety matters. 


About You

You are a credible and experienced health and safety leader with an absolute commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of our people and patients and whanau.  You are resilient, can demonstrate sound judgment and decision making at all times, and will always lead by example and work side by side with your stakeholders and colleagues.  You have experience managing through others and driving change and leading transformation.  You know what great looks like.  Being a role model for best practice behaviours in health and safety will ensure we continue to have a positive impact for our people and our patients.


Consider what’s on offer!

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it be 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 30 June 2019


Please note this is a readvertised position.  We may interview as applications are received and withdraw the advertising at any time so please don’t delay.  For further information please contact Jo Schmelz, Recruitment Manager via email: or 034709603.

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