A career in health

Working in health offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference.

If you are considering entering training for a career or changing your career, there is plenty of information on the Health Workforce New Zealand Health Careers website(external link).

If you are looking for a job at Waikato DHB, use our Vacancies page

Working at a district health board is a great way to develop your career because the size of the organisation and the variety of the services creates many opportunities for learning and growing your skills and knowledge.

Waikato DHB has a strong learning and development focus in both clinical and non-clinical areas, and a wide range of course are offered to staff from clinical skill updating in specialised areas to leadership programmes, computer application training and post-graduate research opportunities. See Research and education (LINK) for more information.

Waikato DHB uses a range of methods for education and career development including workshops, secondments, mentoring/preceptorships, study leave, as well as online, workshop and classroom-style learning.

Below are just some of the areas where Waikato DHB are always looking for talented people at the start of their career or with proven experience:

Nursing at Waikato DHB

We employ more than 2000 nurses including registered nurses, enrolled nurses, district and public health nurses, research nurses, nurse educators, nurse specialists, clinical nurse leaders and nurse practitioners with prescribing rights.       

There are many professional and career development opportunities if you are passionate about clinical, research and education and management branches of nursing practice.

Medicine at Waikato DHB

We employ more than 350 senior medical staff and a similar number of junior medical staff. Waikato DHB has a tertiary teaching hospital in Hamilton and a secondary hospital in Thames, as well as three rural hospitals so we can offer all specialties and variety of settings.

Most house officer and senior house officer jobs in New Zealand work on the basis of four 13-week runs each year.  There is a wide spectrum of approaches to the training and supervision of registrars and senior house officers. Some examples of training and professional support programmes include:

Journal Club, morbidity/mortality meetings, combined ward rounds, case review meetings, audit sessions, supervised clinics, Grand Round presentations.

Read more about working in medicine at Waikato DHB

Medical Student placement opportunities

We are strongly committed to teaching and the support of our undergraduate students as our future workforce. Many of our disciplines are actively involved with universities providing specialist input into training and we welcome students in a range of disciplines on both our hospital and community-based sites.

Please send all enquiries for undergraduate medical electives to Raewyn Wooderson at the Waikato Clinical School, phone (07) 839 8750 or email raewyn.wooderson@waikatodhb.health.nz

Midwifery at Waikato DHB

We employ more than 90 midwives, who provide full midwifery care across the scope of practice; they also provide support to lead maternity carers and specialist obstetric services.

Waikato DHB offers a full range of birthing options, from primary care birthing units to women presenting with complications in pregnancy requiring our specialised high dependency unit.

Career opportunities are available for experienced midwives looking for a new challenge and for graduate midwives looking to build experience.

Allied Health at Waikato DHB

We employ more than 770 allied health and scientific staff.

In New Zealand health professionals (other than nurses and doctors) who contribute to the assessment, care and treatment of patients/clients are known as allied health professionals. They work in many settings such as a patient/client’s home, schools or work places, community clinics or in hospital inpatient or outpatient environments.

Career path opportunities for allied health professionals include clinical specialist, clinical generalist, management and leadership, project work, teaching and research, consultant/advisor, health policy and planning and health promotion and education.

Allied health professionals have varying qualification and registration requirements, and the range of careers available is vast including: anaesthetic technicians, audiologists, audiometrists, biomedical technicians, cardiopulmonary technicians, cardiac, respiratory and sleep technologists, play specialists, community health workers, counsellors, dental technicians/therapists, dietitians, ECG technicians, health promotion/protection officers, medical laboratory technologists/scientists, medical photographers, medical physicists, medical radiation technologists, neurodevelopmental therapists, occupational therapists, orthoptists, orthotist technicians, pharmacists, phlebotomists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, radiation therapists, renal dialysis technicians, scientific officers, social workers, sonographers, speech language therapists, and vision hearing technicians.

At Waikato DHB these are included under the Multi Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) for DHBs/Public Service Association Allied, Public Health, technical and assistants.

In terms of the organisation’s reporting lines, Waikato DHB’s Allied Health group consists of audiologists, dietitans, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and speech language therapists who report to the group manager.         

Mental Health at Waikato DHB

We employ more than 700 staff working in mental health, including psychiatrists, registrars, house officers, mental health nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, cultural advisers and psychiatric assistants. Our services are delivered within hospital and community settings including acute inpatient care, community, specialist (e.g. eating disorders), rehabilitation, child and adolescent and services for older people.

Working in mental health is often challenging and demanding, but the rewards are immense.

Our aim is to “support people to work towards their own recovery”.  Approaches to mental health have changed dramatically over the past decades, and there is a strong emphasis on working with clients.

Information Services

Information technology plays a vital role in the New Zealand health sector. At Waikato DHB we have a large number of clinical and non-clinical applications, and are working through a comprehensive process of integrating and updating them. We have some very exciting new technologies to help clinical staff, and some smart ways of doing business more effectively and online.

Careers range from help desk services through to business analysts, IS engineers and architects, programme and project management and senior management positions.