Communications Officer
Palmerston North, NZ
3d ago

MidCentral DHB requires ALL its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. To comply with the current Health Order, applicants must be doubled vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than 1 January 2022.

We are not accepting applications that do not meet this criteria. MidCentral District Health Board actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve.

  • Seeking an exciting opportunity in communications, public relations and social media?
  • Looking to utilise and expand your skills in a busy and varied environment?
  • Looking for a great opportunity in a sector that makes a difference to the health and wellbeing of people, whānau and the community?
  • We are looking for a communications professional who is excited about making a positive impact at MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB).

    Our team is seeking a self-starting Communications Officer who has a can do attitude, and who is motivated, organised, and able to meet deadlines.

    The Communications Unit, based at Palmerston North Hospital, provides a centralised service for the entire MidCentral District Health Board.

    The successful person will have :

  • Experience in communication, media or a relevant position and / or relevant tertiary qualifications
  • The ability to write and present ideas to various audiences using different communication channels, including social media
  • An understanding of and commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Experience with all Microsoft Office packages
  • An ability to work independently
  • An understanding of effective communication tools, techniques, systems and reporting procedures
  • MidCentral DHB provides a fast paced and constantly changing work environment where you will provide communications support and advice, both internally and externally, across a wide range of mediums.

    If you have these attributes and skills, we welcome your application for this challenging and diverse role.

    Palmerston North and the surrounding districts feature affordable living, quality educational institutions and a busy retail sector.

    There is also plenty to offer in terms of hospitality, culture and outdoor pursuits.

    Specific enquiries, treated in confidence, maybe addressed to Emma Horsley, Corporate Communications Manager, email : emma.


    MidCentral District Health Board is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe from abuse and harm. As part of our commitment to children and young people, and in line with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, appointment to positions that involve regular or overnight contact with children will include worker safety checks.

    These checks are in addition to the requirement to have a satisfactory police clearance. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

    More information about the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 is available from the Ministry of Vulnerable Children website.

    General Information

    MidCentral District Health Board employs more than 2500 staff at Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua and Horowhenua and Otaki districts.

    Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital, which services an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of 168,000.

    In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.

    Palmerston North is a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures.

    Wellington the capital city, is only a two hour journey by road, as are the wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.

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