Working at Waikato DHB

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is responsible for planning, funding and providing quality health and disability support services for more than 365,000 people living within its district boundaries.

It offers a wide range of clinical and non-clinical roles, and a variety of locations - although the majority of its 6000 employees work on the Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus in Hamilton.

Waikato DHB has extensive programmes for:

  • new staff orientation
  • professional development
  • clinical training and education
  • and offers opportunities such as secondment to projects and working in regional collaboration teams.

Waikato DHB is an equal opportunity employer.

Its staff facilities and recognition/support programmes include:

  • Worx Perx - discounted retail and commercial deals available to staff on presentation of identity card.
  • Staff Service Recogntion - length of service recognition programme
  • Employee Assistance Progamme (EAP) - part of a national programme to provide personal, confidential support for employees with work or personal problems
  • Quality staff cafeterias and coffee shops
  • Health Benefit Society
  • Tennis and squash facilities (by membership)
  • Discussion forum, classifieds advertising on the staff intranet

In terms of direct health service delivery, its clinical and clinical support staff operate out of

  • a base hospital in Hamilton
  • a secondary hospital in Thames
  • three rural hospitals
  • two continuing care facilities
  • primary birthing facilities
  • acute mental health facility and community based mental health services
  • 17 community bases for community health teams
  • population and public health services

Its non-clinical support structure includes in-house teams supplying expert advice and services for

  • finance and payroll
  • information services
  • library
  • human resources
  • planning
  • contract management
  • project management
  • business analysis
  • quality and risk services
  • property and infrastructure maintenance
  • purchasing and distribution
  • nutrition & food services for patients and staff
  • printing, design, clinical photography
  • and corporate support services such as legal, media, audit.

Teaching, training and research facilities

The Waikato Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre is a joint venture between the Waikato DHB and the University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. It is one of the leading centres in New Zealand. Hands-on training takes place for both undergraduate and post-graduate students.

The centre is available for all groups including nursing, medical, surgical, allied health, general practice, paramedical and other community groups. Training and courses on offer range through to specific in-house workshops through to customised training programmes; multi-disciplinary and inter-departmental skills based workshops by use of regular simulated scenarios that improve team work, leadership and decision making.

The Bryant Education Centre is a comprehensive base for training activities with a modern auditorium and full audio-visual and tele-conferencing facilities.

Active research is in progress in collaboration with excellent facilities at the local Ruakura Agricultural Research Centre, the University of Waikato and the Institute of Rural Health.

The Nursing and Midwifery Professional Development Unit (PDU) facilitates and supports education and development of the nursing and midwifery workforce to provide quality health outcomes in the Waikato District Health Board area.

The Waikato DHB also has strong relationships with tertiary providers around New Zealand. These relationships enable undergraduate students to complete clinical placements within our facilities, and in many cases going on to become graduates taking positions within our organisation.