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Te Ara Hauora, Dunedin Hospital

  • New full-time, permanent position - 40 hours per week
  • Provide social support services and a call reminder service to whānau related to pending outpatient appointments
  • Cultural facilitation with health professionals designed to help Māori patients and their whānau during their stay in hospital
  • Promotion of education and health promotion strategies
  • Facilitate appropriate and effective coordination between both hospital and community services
  • Monitor and review whānau engagement with referred services
  • Advocate on behalf of the patient and/or their whānau
  • Facilitate access to accommodation for whānau members who have a loved one receiving hospital care

About the Southern DHB

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. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

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 - what's in it for me?

The Kaiawhina will have a focus on prevention, early intervention and reducing hospital admissions, working within the hospital setting and across primary care and community. The Kaiawhina will work as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team, involved in care planning, advocacy, decision making and discharge planning for tangata whaiora and their whānau as they move through the health system. The Kaiawhina will ensure that patients and their whānau are fully informed of and understand the process of care that will occur during their inpatient stay at Dunedin Public Hospital. The Kaiawhina will provide cultural support and advice to Southern DHB colleagues, tangata whaiora and their whānau and others to improve Māori health outcomes. The Kaiawhina will work in collaboration with the Southern DHB Home Team, WellSouth Outreach Service and Māori Health Providers and others.

About you

  • Ideally you will have experience within Māori health and communities, but if not have real passion and strong links to Māori communities
  • Knowledge of Māori world view - Whakapapa, Whanau, hapu, iwi
  • Proficiency in Te Reo me ona tikaka
  • Good interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively with people at all levels of the organisation
  • Have excellent reading, writing and computer literacy
  • High level of confidentiality and ability to act with discretion and sensitivity at all times

If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you!

The location

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Monday, 1 November 2021.

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous public service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than the 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 December 2021.