Deputy Director-General Public Health Agency

  • Be part of the change to improve health outcomes for all New Zealanders.
  • Exciting, fast-paced work environment.
  • Wellington based, new position.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system is changing to ensure all New Zealanders have access to services they need and to meet future challenges.  This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the reform of our health and disability system.

Reporting to the Director-General Health, as Deputy Director-General Public Health Agency you will lead and drive population and public health to minimise preventable illness and injury.  You will have a strong commitment to and a developed understanding of the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi and have been successful in working across diverse cultural contexts, with an emphasis on equity.

You will lead New Zealand’s public and population health strategy, policy, and public health intelligence within the MoH, and across the newly reformed health sector, with other government agencies and communities.

You will be a public and respected senior leader, recognised for your depth of experience in health and your consultative approach to building effective engagement with stakeholders. Politically astute, with well-developed networks, you will be comfortable consulting, facilitating, and influencing within complex and demanding environments. As a skilled senior manager, you will be able to effect delivery through others.  Ideally, you will be familiar with the functions and machinery of government.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) will be a stand-alone business unit at the heart of Manatū Hauora|the Ministry of Health with a renewed focus on population and public health to address inequity and to enable all New Zealanders to live longer and healthier lives.  The future Agency will need to provide strong population and public health leadership, be future-focused, innovative, and grounded in public and population health knowledge.

In the new health system, the Ministry’s role as chief strategic advisor and kaitiaki (steward) for Aotearoa New Zealand’s health and disability system will be strengthened.  A new organisation, Health New Zealand (Health NZ), will be established to run the health system across New Zealand with functions delivered at local, district, regional and national levels.  A new statutory entity, the Māori Health Authority, will work in partnership with both the Ministry of Health and Health New Zealand, to improve health services and achieve equitable health outcomes for Māori.


APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday, 8 December, 2021



FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Simon Urquhart-Hay or Ginny Fail on 04 550 8000

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