Chief Māori Health Advisor

Ara Poutama Aotearoa, Department of Corrections

  • Wellington

About the Job

'Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi'  –  ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

Health Services lead the delivery of patient-focused primary health care services to people within prisons across the country. Hōkai Rangi, our over-arching strategic direction,  clearly outlines the important of good mental and physical health to achieving our outcomes of reducing reoffending.  This places the work of the Health Team at Ara Poutama at the heart of our business.

Mō te tūnga - About the role

The Chief Māori Health Adviser provides strategic advice which informs the development and implementation of the kaupapa Māori-based health strategy for Ara Poutama.  The Chief Māori Health Advisor will also be able to provide expertise and guidance in relation to key stakeholder relationships such as with the Health and Disability Commissioner, and the Health, Safety and Research Council. 

This is your opportunity to shape the future of Ara Poutama's health service through providing expertise in Māori models of general and mental health and disability care and supporting the design and implementation, along with key stakeholders, of a model of care to best meet the needs of Māori.  In this role you will also have accountability for engaging more broadly with Māori stakeholders within and outside of the department with a view of taking a holistic and integrated approach to defining and delivering future health services.

This is a full time permanent role, Wellington based.  Location flexibility (min 3 days per week in Wellington) may be offered to the right candidate.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates who can evidence the following skills and expertise:

  • A qualified health sector practitioner with a tertiary qualification strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated senior leadership experience in the state sector;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with Māori communities, and a commitment to improving health outcomes for Māori;
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and analyse evidence-based best practice (both from a Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pakeha perspective) to address complex health issues;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the obligations of health practitioners under the Treaty of Waitangi; 
  • Demonstrated understanding of whole of system approaches to improving health for people in prison and the wider community through interventions in prisons;
  • Ability to support nurse-led health services and proven commitment to work in a collaborative way;
  • Proven experience of commitment to innovation, quality improvement, safety and positive experience of health care for patients;
  • Proven ability to maintain highly effective professional relationships, including functional relationships with technical experts from a range of disciplines; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to communicate complex concepts to a range of stakeholders.

Further info 

To apply, submit your CV and a tailored cover letter describing your motivation for applying and highlight your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities that meet the above criteria.

Applications close 9pm on Sunday 7 June.  All shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in a formal video-based interview.

The salary range for this role is $136,231 to $192,326.  Appointments are based on skills and experience relevant to the role.

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During times of increased COVID-19 alert, our recruitment and onboarding processes will continue however will be changed to include increased health measures. We will work with candidates throughout the process to ensure safety and help stop the spread.

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