Public Health Nurse

Life is a collection of small moments: meaningful moments, challenging moments, moments to remember. At Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury, we want to support our people to enjoy more of the moments that matter. Are you ready to join us?

Watch this video to learn how this moment is yours!

Right now, we’re looking for a Public Health Nurse to join our small but dedicated team of Public Health Nurses (PHN’S) who are truly passionate about their work and are held in high regard in the community which they serve. You’ll enjoy the flexibility of a truly varied role where there is never a dull moment or a day that looks like another!

Our PHN’s are committed to working with children / tamariki, young people, families / whanau and the community to enhance individual strengths and wellbeing.

Candidates must:

  • Be able to work in partnership with children/youth and their families/whanau to promote health and enhance well-being.
  • Possess excellent communication skills both written and oral and have the ability to relate well to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Be able to demonstrate strong personal initiative and a high level of self-motivation.
  • Demonstrate effective planning and prioritisation skills
  • Confident working both independently and within a team environment
  • Hold a full driver’s license

Candidates would preferably be authorised vaccinators or willing to work towards this qualification.

If you are able to meet deadlines, work both independently and within a team environment, and can practice according to primary care philosophy, then you could be the Nurse for us.

Why choose Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury?

As one of the country’s smaller regions our people always have room to move and grow - you’ll get a wider exposure to specialties and enjoy the benefits of a flat structure: processes that run smoothly and a fun, friendly culture. With us, you’re more than just a number; you’re part of a team where everyone knows your name. You’ll be supported to thrive through our many professional development opportunities and have the chance to share your expertise as part of our graduate mentoring programme.

On top of all that, you’ll get to enjoy the fantastic Timaru lifestyle: between the beach and the mountains, work-life balance is truly achievable here.

At Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury, integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence are at the heart of everything we do. We are a proudly diverse team, as we know a diverse and inclusive workforce achieves the best outcomes for our patients and communities. If you share in these core values and bring them into every aspect of your patient care, we can’t wait for you to join us.

Apply now - this moment is yours!

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We look forward to receiving your application directly via our Careers Site.

If you have any questions regarding applying for this position please contact Human Resources by telephoning 03 687-2230.

Applications close: 8 February 2022

This job advert may close early once a suitable applicant is found.


As part of our duty of care towards our patients, it is crucial that all patient-facing staff be fully immunised. If you have made it to the later stages of recruitment, you will be expected to produce your immunisation records for infection control purposes.


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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: AJAM3137995

Location: Talbot Park Hospital

Closing Date: OPEN