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Senior Medical Officer

Harbour Hospice
Takapuna, North Shore (NZ)
Closing date
24 Feb 2022

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Senior Medical Officer

  • Provide medical consultative specialist palliative care to patients and families  
  • Take a positive leadership role to develop quality palliative care services 
  • Part time, 32 hours per week with flexible options available 

Bring your leadership experience in a specialist palliative care setting and contribute to continuous improvement and development. 

About us

Harbour Hospice is the only specialist, palliative care provider for North Auckland communities. We provide compassionate, free care working primarily with patients, families and carers in their homes, and also within our three hospice sites across the region. Our bespoke services include medical care, spiritual support, counselling, social work, physiotherapy, group activities and more, with an emphasis on helping people live every moment in whatever way is important to them.

Our people are at the heart of our organisation. Professional, inclusive, compassionate, our people are the reason our patients and families receive the best care in their time of need.  At Harbour Hospice, you’ll be part of a clinical team who bring authenticity and kindness to each and every patient and family they help. 

About the role

The Senior Medical Officer is based at our Hospice in Red Beach, but you’ll be required to work across our three sites. In this part time role, you’ll be an integral part of a multidisciplinary team delivering end of life care that promotes quality of life. You’ll provide medical consultative specialist palliative care to patients, caregivers and whanau and offer additional support for patients and families with complex situations. 

This is a key leadership role in our Clinical team. You’ll be a positive change agent to deliver new and improved palliative care services as identified in the strategic plan. 

You will also: 

  • Mentor and coach our Medical Officers and support nursing teams
  • Support, advise and liaise with GPs, Aged Residential Care and other specialist providers
  • Develop best practice processes and governance 
  • Educate internal and external stakeholders and advocate for hospice palliative care 
  • Have an active research role, collaborating with other organisations and leading and developing new projects

About you

Your proven track record as a leader in a specialist palliative care role, either in a hospice or hospital setting, means you can cope with unpredictable demands and be flexible to deliver optimum outcomes in a busy and ever-changing environment. A natural end of life care advocate, you’re readily able to articulate thoughts and concepts in a manner that engenders trust, respect and a positive brand image for hospice.  You demonstrate experience and competence working within a multi-cultural community, with Tikanga Māori as an essential part of your work. An interest in personal professional development and a willingness to supervise, mentor and develop staff is a must.

You will also have: 

  • Equivalent to Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine 
  • Ability to gain vocational registration as a medical practitioner with the Medical Council of New Zealand and a New Zealand Practicing Certificate from MCNZ
  • Trained in principles of evidence-based medicine

What's in it for you?

We’ll give you ongoing support, education and professional development, and a team culture that values compassion, professionalism and inclusivity. You’ll be part of a team who are highly skilled and dedicated, who work hard, but always have time to take care of each other. The care and support you provide will have a direct impact on the community you are a part of. 

How to Apply

For more information and to obtain a position description email Peggy Newton, Recruitment Specialist: by clicking the apply button. Or click below to submit your application online. Be sure to include a cover letter about you and why you’d like to move to New Zealand and join the Harbour Hospice team. 

Applications close -- 2022

To be considered for this role you will need to be fully vaccinated.  Evidence of your vaccination status will need to be provided prior to employment.

Assistance with immigration and relocation can be discussed as part of the recruitment process. 

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