Equity Lead - Medicine and OPR

Te Whatu Ora - Waikato

  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Waikato
Equity Lead, Medicine & OPR – 12 month fixed term contract 

Job Number : WAI20400

Waikato Hospital 

  • Build your experience in this critical development area for the hospital
  • Dynamic environment to create value in the business
  • Be part of a passionate rōpū that looks to reduce health inequalities

Te Whatu Ora is the largest employer in the region and promotes a healthy work-life balance, especially with the vast outdoor activities the region has to offer. Waikato Health serves a population of more than 426,300 and covers more than 21,000km2. It stretches from northern Coromandel to close to Mt Ruapehu in the south, and from Raglan on the west coast to Waihi on the east. 

Ko ngā āheinga o tēnei mahi: | About the opportunity: 

If you are passionate about delivering equitable solutions encompassing all aspects of Te Ao Māori, Matauranga Māori, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Our Medicine & OPR unit is looking for a motivated and experienced Equity Lead to deliver value to our business and people by supporting the incubation of equity projects designed to radically improve Māori and Pacific health outcomes, and disrupt system-wide inequities in Te Whatu Ora – Waikato District.

Ko ngā takohanga o tēnei mahi: | Key responsibilities of this exciting role include: 

  • Engage with business to identify and implement equity projects across the directorate
  • Contribute to developing and delivering an equity plan for the directorate
  • Provide operational support to the service, having an equity lens to advice and decisions within the programme
  • Ensure process solution designs are feasible and in line with business continuity plans
  • Apply agile practices and principles to maximise value and improve delivery
  • Facilitate discussions to drive the best outcomes
  • Understand how Te Ao Maaori and matauranga Maaori can promote improved health outcomes, best practice, and quality care whilst utilising these benefits alongside projects

Click here to see the position description. 

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer 

Te Whatu Ora is one of New Zealand’s leading teaching hospitals, with a strong focus on equitable outcomes for all. Located in the heart of the mighty Waikato, whether it is a thriving metropolis or the great outdoors lifestyle you are after, Kirikiriroa has what you are looking for. We are committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible working practices
  • A completive salary with five weeks annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, access to discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

He kōrero mōu | About you 

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a high-performing team. You will be an experienced equity professional who has strong relationship management skills and can influence and build rapport with our stakeholders.

With an outstanding ability to conceptualise, you will be able to translate your vision into practical solutions, in addition to applying a Te Reo Maaori lens across this role.

Qualities that will help you succeed:

  • Robust experience developing and applying analytics, data science, and data modelling to provide equity-focused business insights to quality improvement initiatives
  • Strong conceptual skills to translate business vision/ideas into a solution through an equity and Te Reo Maaori lens
  • Strong stakeholder management and influencing skills
  • A background in healthcare would be advantageous If you think this is a role you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team 

From acute services to older person’s health and rehabilitation, the patient follows a continuum of care journey throughout the Medicine and Older Persons Rehabilitation directorate. Working in partnership with professional leaders across the medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health, and scientific and technical disciplines to foster a strong inter-professional team that delivers high standards of patient care within a healthy and positive team environment.

The strength of General Medicine is to manage those undifferentiated presentations, complex cases and patients with multiple co-morbidities. The aim is to reduce the time an individual spends in hospital and the desire to achieve a safe discharge when the patient is medically stable, and then having appropriate community-based continuity of care in place between the hospital and the community.

Older Persons and Rehabilitation is not only an assessment, treatment and rehabilitation service, but it offers sub-speciality services for acute geriatric and neurology care. Following a period of inpatient care or a referral from community-based providers, a number of multi-disciplinary clinics are held. Disability Support Link provides a gateway to funded disability support services, such as Home and Community Support Services (HCSS), Aged Residential Care (ARC) and carer support. The highly successful START programme means that patients are transferred early to the service with the proviso that patients all need to manage safely in their own home.

Doctoral research and long-established relationships with several universities, namely Massey, Waikato, AUT and Auckland, have seen a number of doctoral students undertake translational research within the Waikato and Midlands Region and one that will benefit the DHBs research and development arm.

Reporting to the Operations Director of Medicine and Older Persons Rehabilitation, you will be a vital member of the team working to develop and deliver a range of equity solutions for the directorate and provide operational support to the service, and identified equity projects for key service areas of the Waikato DHB. This includes support for the Transition to Home Project and the work programme across Medicine and Older Persons, Rehabilitation. 

The Medicine and OPR Directorate have undertaken an ambitious 5-year programme of service improvement that spans the patient continuum. The successful applicant will work alongside the Nursing, Medical, Allied Health Directors, and the wider team to support this programme. The Directorate is working in partnership with the Universities of Waikato, Massey, and Auckland, and has engaged with several PhD students to formally evaluate service improvement that spans Community Services, Emergency Department, and General Medicine as well Older Persons and Rehabilitation. The equity lead will support a strong equity focus across the multiple projects that make up this programme of work.

Apply today! 

Please apply directly online. Applications are not able to be accepted via email. For any specific queries about the role, please get in touch with Bryleigh Gordon in the Recruitment Team. Email Bryleigh.Gordon@waikatodhb.health.nz. 

Application closing date: 22 August 2022


Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato Health & Safety has a policy that includes ensuring that you comply with the Health Order announced 11 October 2021 and with the Vaccine Preventable Diseases for Employees policy. The policy prescribes the required vaccinations including COVID19 for all employees of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato. COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory before you commence employment.


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