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Our current vacancies are listed below. Click the + next to the role title for further information about the role, a position description and information about how to apply.


  • Calls for expressions of interest – trauma rehabilitation collaborative project – clinical lead position (closes 5pm, 31 January 2020)

    The Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) is seeking a suitably experienced and qualified person to fill a 0.2 FTE clinical lead role within its trauma programme team.

    The initial contract will be for the remainder of the 2019-20 financial year. An option to extend the contract by mutual agreement will be discussed at an appropriate point during the contract delivery.

    The clinical lead will be expected to provide expert advice to the project team regarding trauma rehabilitation care processes and services in New Zealand, both current state and ideal future state; based on the applicant’s knowledge of local, regional, national and international examples of best practice. There will also be significant stakeholder engagement required as part of the role and the successful applicant will be expected to leverage relationships with existing networks and create new ones in order to ensure that the project is successful.

    Essential attributes

    • Credibility in the sector and a good track record of delivery
    • The ability to:
      • lead large and complex projects through influence and evidence
      • distil complex issues into easy to understand concepts that address the core issues
      • engage and work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders
      • achieve success
      • balance theory and pragmatic approaches
      • take innovative approaches that seek out new opportunities/ solutions.
    • A relevant tertiary qualification and experience in major trauma rehabilitation
    • A strong understanding of and commitment to the principles of health care quality improvement, consumer engagement and co-design
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, particularly the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and in plain language
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster good stakeholder relationships through consultation and partnership.

    Essential experience and skills

    Whilst a background in rehabilitation is desirable, it is important that the applicant can also demonstrate leadership and success in a complex environment. 

    Expressions of interest (EoIs), including CVs, should be sent to the Commission’s trauma programme project manager, Gabrielle Nicholson ( by 31 January 2020. If a suitable candidate is not found in this period the Commission reserves the right to extend and expand this call for EoIs.

    Queries can be directed to Gabrielle via email or mobile (021 434 187), noting that she is on leave 20 December 2019 – 12 January 2020 inclusive.

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  • Expressions of interest — Consumer representative on the strategic infection prevention and control advisory group (closes 5pm, 22 January 2020)

    Do you want to use your own experience of the health sector to work with the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s strategic infection prevention and control advisory group (SIPCAG)?

    There is a vacancy for a consumer representative on the advisory group with an interest in or experience of healthcare associated infection (HAI). The new representative will join one other consumer representative.

    Healthcare associated infections and resistance to the antibiotics used to treat them are a growing issue for the New Zealand health sector. HAIs cause harm to patients and whānau, and are a significant cost to district health boards (DHBs) and the wider sector.


    The advisory group provides advice and oversight to the Commission to support its HAI programme. The programme involves working with DHBs and private hospitals to support prevention and quality improvements in areas like surgical site infections and hand hygiene.

    Advisory group members provide advice, based on their perspective and expertise, on the priorities and programme of work. They also champion the programme within their networks.

    What is expected in the role?

    Full day face-to-face meetings are held around three times per year in Wellington, with occasional videoconferences at other times if required.

    Consumer members should have well-established networks and the ability to consult widely.

    Advisory group members are expected to:

    • think of the greater good of the health and disability sector
    • attend meetings and undertake activities 
    • make every effort to attend all meetings and become familiar with infection prevention and control issues, challenges and emerging opportunities
    • identify when there is a conflict of interest on a subject. They must declare this prior to a meeting and withdraw themselves from the discussion and decision-making processes. Members may question other members if they consider that there is a potential conflict of interest.


    Remuneration is in line with the State Services Commission policy for payment of expert advisory group members. The Commission will pay for:

    • the cost of travel to and from the meetings in Wellington
    • one-night accommodation if required
    • meals
    • a daily rate of $320
    • plus preparation and travelling time where appropriate. Preparation time will generally be half a day for every full meeting day.


    How to submit an expression of interest

    Complete the table in the application form below and email it to by Wednesday 22 January 2020. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their expression of interest.

    For further information please contact Carol Ratnam:

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  • Communications and website support (closes 5pm, Friday 24 January 2020)

    Ngākau tuwhera | Open
    Te tāpiri uara | Adding value
    Whakahohe | Energising
    Mō te iwi | It's about people
    Kotahitanga | Together

    The Health Quality & Safety Commission is seeking a person or persons to provide as-needed support to its communications team, on a contract basis.

    The work can be carried out on-site in our Wellington office, or remotely. Tasks include:

    • communications planning and writing/distributing media releases
    • writing and editing
    • managing media calls
    • maintaining the Commission’s social media presence
    • updating the website.

    These tasks could be carried out by one provider, or by different providers (ie, one provider giving communications support, and another undertaking the website work).

    It is anticipated that 15 to 30 hours of support a week will be required, for a period of up to four months.

    The Health Quality & Safety Commission is a stand-alone Crown entity with a board responsible to the Minister of Health. The Commission is responsible for assisting providers across the whole health and disability sector, both private and public, to improve health service safety and quality.

    Please send applications to Director of Communications Lizzie Price (, stating your previous communications/website experience, availability, preferred place of work, and hourly rate.

    Applications close at 5pm on Friday 24 January 2020.

  • Project manager, mental health and addiction (closes 5pm, 7 February 2020)

    Ngākau tuwhera | Open
    Te tāpiri uara | Adding value
    Whakahohe | Energising
    Mō te iwi | It's about people
    Kotahitanga | Together

    • Permanent role
    • Full-time
    • Wellington or Auckland based

    The Commission is looking for an experienced project manager who can effectively support the mental health and addiction (MHA) quality improvement programme team to plan, develop, document and deliver their five-year work programme (2017–2022). The role will ensure that the MHA quality improvement work programme is managed in accordance with best practice project management, co-design and quality improvement methodologies as well as being delivered on time, within budget and with attention to equity.

    The Commission has a strong focus on Māori health advancement and reducing inequity, and the successful candidate will contribute to these goals.

    We celebrate inclusion and diversity in all areas of culture and are proud to have the Rainbow Tick certification.

    To be successful in this key role, you will need to have excellent communication and writing skills and be able to:

    • lead and manage quality improvement projects at a competent level, including managing multiple tasks and priorities
    • proactively plan, coordinate and monitor programme and project activity
    • effectively develop and manage diverse stakeholder relationships in the mental health and addiction sector
    • motivated to drive and deliver results
    • maintain records for monitoring, audit and tracking purposes, and meeting decisions and actions
    • write papers relating to projects being managed.

    You are likely to have a relevant tertiary/management or health qualification or equivalent experience.

    The Commission is a stand-alone Crown entity with a Board responsible to the Minister of Health. The Commission is responsible for assisting providers across the whole health and disability sector, both private and public, to improve service safety and quality and therefore outcomes for all those who use these services in New Zealand.

    For further information contact Lisa Clyde on 021 248 8190. To apply for the role please submit your cover letter, CV and completed application form via our online form.

    Applications close at 5pm on Friday 7 February 2020.

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Last updated 16/01/2020