Taranaki District Health Board

  • Posted: 22 Jul 2021
  • Location: New Plymouth
  • Work Type: Full Time
  • Classification: Healthcare
Whānau Engagement and Experience Specialist
Te Pā Harakeke – Māori Health and Equity Directorate
Permanent, full time
1.0 FTE / 40 hours per week
We are seeking a courageous person who is inspired by te Tiriti o Waitangi
Will you challenge the status quo to bring ground-breaking ideas into reality?
Do you want to be part of transforming our health and disability system and services in Taranaki?
At Taranaki District Health Board (Taranaki DHB) we serve a population of approximately 124,380 people, of which 19.8% identify as Māori, residing within the geographical area that is described as ‘Paraninihi ki Waitōtara, Waitōtara ki Taipakē’; spanning from the white cliffs of Pukearuhe to the Waitōtara River in Ngā Rauru and from the Waitōtara river to Taipakē which is the most southern point of the Ngā Rauru iwi.

“Over the next 25 years we must be innovative and courageous in our thinking and actions to absolutely ensure that our health system is indigenised and that the delivery of Tiriti o Waitangi obligations is achieved for the whānau and communities we serve. We will know we are heading in the right direction over the next three to five years because we will be confidently co-designing, co-deciding, and co-delivering health services with iwi and Māori health care providers in a way that responds appropriately to the total population, takes a life course approach, and applies kaupapa Māori models and modes of care that place whānau at the centre, where they are protected and have options for self-determining what is an effective hauora plan for them and their communities.”

Megan Tahere – Chief Māori and Equity Officer (Taranaki DHB)

The Pouhāpai is a Whanau Engagement and Experience Specialists within Te Pā Harakeke - Māori Health and Equyity DIrectporate. Alongside other Pouhāpai in the team, the role will act as a key interface between whānau Māori and the Taranaki District Health Board (Taranaki DHB). It is the responsibility of the Pouhāpai to maintain the standards and quality of care that promotes optimal health outcomes and Pae Ora for Māori patients and their whānau. This will be achieved by supporting whānau to navigate services provided by the Taranaki DHB, facilitating seamless referral pathways to appropriate internal and external services, and providing guidance across the organisation to lift our performance and cultural competency standard when engaging with Māori.

We are looking for:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a commitment to te reo Māori and tikanga.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently, part of a team, and across departments.
Ability to build and maintain networks and relationships throughout the Taranaki DHB, primary care services, and across sectors.
Sound understanding of the dimensions of Māori health and health practices and can apply kaupapa Māori models of health in practice.
Ability to cope with a high and varied workload including uncertain and emergency situations.
Demonstrates excellent time management and the ability to prioritise and multitask.
Always demonstrates ability to maintain confidentiality.
Demonstrates initiative, flexibility, and manaakitanga.
Is a capable bicultural trainer.
Demonstrates well developed problem solving and de-escalation skills.
What you can expect day-to-day:
This position is permanent based in Taranaki and working at the Taranaki Base Hospital with opportunities to support Hāwera Hospital.
A fast-paced environment with a variety of responsibility where you will have the opportunity to influence outcomes and provide leadership within the health workforce.
Supported in your professional development.
Come join us and be part of leading a radical shift in the way we do things to contribute to creating a future where our mokopuna, rangatahi, pāhake and whānau are flourishing in Taranaki.

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To make an application click on “Apply Online”.

To have a confidential discussion about the role please contact Charles Hunt, Recruitment Manager, Email: [email protected] or Phone: 027 4488 090.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 4th August 2021.