Welcome to the Careers Centre for Auckland District Health Board



Community & Long Term Conditions Directorate




“Come and join us in developing the future of health care!”

  • Clinical, leadership and non-clinical career opportunities
  • Short term contracts & permanent options – try us out before making a longer term commitment!
  • Relocation support for key roles

The Community and Long Term Conditions Directorate is a new and exciting part of Auckland’s health care landscape. We are in the process of change and development.  We were created specifically to support a greater focus on supporting new models of care outside of the traditional hospital model.  Over the last two years we have reorganised our structure to support the evolution of our healthcare offerings and support clinician leadership structures, putting clinical quality and evidence based care at the heart of everything we do.  We are now seeking new recruits with experience of community services and innovation in long term condition management to help us drive the changes we need - so the ground floor career opportunities are very exciting, at a range of levels and across various functions!

If you are already intrigued then click this link to see more specific position opportunities and register your interest in starting an initial dialogue – this could be just the career step change you are after, and we will throw in one of the world’s best lifestyle locations - Auckland New Zealand!

Full list of advertised vacancies

Or if you prefer just click this email link to ask any initial questions or request additional information (Questions/Information email link).

Read on for more detail – including what we can offer you, and profiles of staff who have made the move!


Our Services are in transformation

Our service portfolio includes amongst others specific areas of growth and development:

  • Older people’s health (geriatric services)
  • Rehabilitation services,
  • Palliative care services,
  • Community nursing
  • Allied health services
  • Needs assessment and service coordination. 

These services are transforming their models of care to support new in home and community based models of care to support high quality equitable rehabilitation services, avoidable admissions and early supported discharge from hospital.

Our Directorate also has responsibility for:

  • sexual health services
  • long term condition services including chronic pain services, diabetes, dermatology, immunology, rheumatology and endocrinology services. 

These services are all developing, focussing on integrated health care with primary care and on building sustainable service models.  There is a focus on the development of the nursing and allied health workforce to support these new service models.

Our focus is on integrated coordinated health care models and whilst developing these, are working with key partners, including general practice, aged care, NGOs and a range of charitable, patient led organisations and Trusts.  Given the nature of our services there are real opportunities to grow new and exciting roles for nursing and allied health professionals and use their skills in innovative ways which maximise extended practice and the use of clinical support staff.

So, other than playing a key role in building a “new & innovative service model”, why would you consider a move to Auckland DHB?

  • Scope and support to fast track your career growth
    We are seeking experienced and enthusiastic health care professionals, leaders and administrative staff to join us as we take Auckland on a journey into the future of healthcare.  If you have an enthusiasm for innovation in hospital and community models of care  and want to develop your career with a team who are aiming for integrated, quality health care, working with NGOs and primary care, across our communities, then you are in the right place.  We aspire to develop the roles of allied health and nursing staff to their full potential.  We want our medical staff to feel confident in the capabilities of a strong supportive multidisciplinary team, so they can work to their top of scope and support innovation in research and clinical care. 

    Of course being part of the largest DHB in the country, with multiple clinical Directorates and over 10,000 staff, your scope to move within the wider organisation is very real!


  • Professional development

    We have an interest in your career and your personal and professional development.  We have leadership development programmes and opportunities to support you in a career in healthcare management or clinician leadership.  For those who want to develop their clinical career, we offer scope to develop into advanced clinician roles or nurse practitioner roles.  Our relationships with the universities allow staff to develop their research and teaching careers more fully.

    Junior managers with some experience in operations management, financial management and service management will find opportunity in our directorate or in others within the wider DHB.


  • Flexible working arrangements - fulltime, part time, mix with study!
    We offer flexible working opportunities for those seeking less than full time hours or weekend working, to suit child care requirements. Support staff also have great career opportunities, with roles from healthcare assistant to therapy assistant or administrative assistants.  We are keen to support role development in the non-registered workforce as much as we do in the registered clinical workforce. 


  • Remuneration
    The clinical workforce are recruited on the terms and conditions of the relevant multi-employer collective agreement (MECA).  We are able to explore recruitment and retention bonuses where applicable to support hard to fill positions on a specific individual and needs basis.


  • Relocation Assistance
    Relocation packages are available for some positions to help meet the cost and logistical elements of a move to the great city of Auckland.


  • Auckland Academic Health Alliance
    Auckland City Hospital is New Zealand’s largest teaching hospital. It has an alliance with the University of Auckland and its Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in the form of the Auckland Academic Health Alliance. This patient-focused partnership aims to speed the translation of research ‘from the bench to the bedside’. Its patient-centred approach underpins the development of our health workforce, informs research strategy, invigorates clinical teaching and ensures that scientific breakthroughs and advances in medical care reach patients faster.


Living and working in Auckland:

Auckland city is NZs largest city with over 1.5 million people.


Staff comments on Auckland:

“Well, it’s definitely a beautiful city and ADHB is right in the city centre”.
“Auckland is vibrant and friendly with great outdoor living, loads of parks, beaches, rain forests”
“Has lots of attractions for young and old, wine trails, sailing, fishing, festivals, music. We think it’s a great place to raise a family”.
“The weather in Auckland is brilliant compared to the U.K. and places aren’t crowded”


Staff profiles – including those who have moved from another country:

Judith Catherwood (previously from UK)
Director, Community and Long Term Conditions
Judith is a dietitian and holds business and Bachelor of Science graduate degrees. Judith has been an allied health leader and director and was Chairman of the British Dietetic Association before embarking on a career “down under”. Judith moved to Brisbane to take up the role of Executive Director Allied Health in 2012 and moved to Auckland to take up her current role. Judith has a passion for the delivery of high quality clinical person centred care, and believes in a whole team approach. She has a particularly interest in role development and in the development of the support worker workforce in the delivery of high quality care. Judith believes Auckland is a superb city in which to live, and would encourage health care staff who want to develop their leadership skills to take the plunge and consider a career here in Auckland City. “The opportunities to shape the models of care and do things very differently are here, if you are enthusiastic and have strong people skills as well as a real interest in innovation in health care, this is the place for you”


Lalit Kalra (previously from UK)
Medical Director, Community and Long Term Conditions

Dr Lalit Kalra has been an Academic Clinician for 25 years, with expertise in clinical service developments and multidisciplinary research. As the Professor of Stroke Medicine at King’s College London, he established one of the largest and most successful Academic Stroke Units in Europe, and has published over 250 papers, which underpin modern day provision of organised stroke care and clinical guidelines internationally. He believes that his passion for developing high-quality, integrated and patient centred multidisciplinary services across the hospital-community interface complements the innovative strategy of ADHB. ADHB’s ambition to plan and deliver services, across geographical boundaries and disciplines allows a “joined-up” and flexible approach in response to patient needs that will prove highly rewarding professionally for healthcare workers who want to make a difference. Combined with the famed quality of life in Auckland, this may provide the ideal work-life balance that ambitious professionals look for.

Jane Lees (previously from UK)
Nurse Director, Community and Long Term Conditions

Jane has lived in New Zealand for 20 years. Jane came to Auckland District Health Board from the UK as a part of a recruitment drive to help fill a skills gap that saw the need for experienced nurses. Jane came for two years, with her husband and then 2 year old son; she has never gone back except to visit family and friends.
Although Jane’s initial position was that of a junior staff nurse, the opportunities to develop a nursing career were readily available. Jane moved into a senior clinical role working in the community before taking a Charge Nurse role in Older People’s Health. Jane was sponsored to undertake a post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences and a Masters of Nursing at Auckland University. Jane moved into a Unit Nurse Manager role before securing her career goal of Nurse Director.
Auckland is an excellent place to bring up families Jane now has two children; the summers are long and the winters short, most suburbs are within walking distance of the city beaches and restaurants with spectacular beaches and country side a short drive away.

Anna McRae
Allied Health Director, Community and Long Term Conditions

Anna is a physiotherapist with clinical expertise in neurological rehabilitation. She has particular interests in stroke, traumatic brain injury and falls prevention. Anna worked for several years in the UK as a physiotherapist before returning to NZ. On return to NZ she completed a post graduate diploma in Health Management and has moved from leading an interdisciplinary team into her current role in the directorate. Anna is a member of the National Stroke Leadership Network and is the NZ representative on the Stroke Society of Australasia Committee. Anna also has a keen interest in research and has supported the Allied Health workforce to increase their engagement in this area. She is particularly interested in development of Allied Health roles in the community setting and has supported the recent development of an early supported discharge service (ESD) and enhanced community rehabilitation. Anna believes that ‘there is a wealth of opportunity in the current environment for Allied Health professions to provide leadership in developing and embedding new service delivery models across the continuum of care’.

Jackie Robinson
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Community & Long Term Conditions

Jackie came to Auckland District Health Board having worked for two years as a hospice nurse. She worked initially as a staff nurse in the haematology ward before being offered a secondment to work the new hospital palliative care service. Her first job as a palliative care nurse specialist was with the respiratory service at Greenlane Hospital where she developed her skills in working with people who had lung cancer and end stage respiratory illnesses. Her role was eventually integrated with the Auckland Hospital palliative care service and subsequently she became the first palliative care nurse practitioner in New Zealand providing a significant contribution to nursing leadership within the service and across the wider organisation. Jackie loves sailing, camping and eating out at great restaurants - Auckland provides a great playground to pursue these passions

Denise Thatcher
Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Community & Long Term Conditions

Denise has had varied experience having worked as a Practice Nurse, as a District Nurse in the Bay of Islands before sailing off shore with her family. On returning to NZ in 1992 she worked in a Private Hospital before joining the ADHB district nursing team in 1996 transferring to the role of gerontology nurse in 1997 then gerontology Nurse Specialist in 1999. Denise has been part of the growth of the gerontology team, completing her Masters of Nursing at the University of Auckland in 2004 and then a certificate of proficiency in pharmacology supporting her pathway to Nurse Practitioner. Denise became a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with prescribing in 2009. Over the last few years she has participated in the development of the gerontology nurse specialist assessment and the Adult Emergency Department, frailty pathway, falls clinic and several other Chronic and Long Term Conditions initiatives alongside growing the role of Nurse Practitioner


Samuel Macadaan
Wheelchair & Seating Therapist, Community & Long Term Conditions

Sam is an Occupational Therapist who started at ADHB as a new graduate. He commenced working as an Occupational Therapist under the new graduate (core I) rotation programme before moving into the advanced rotation (core II) programme. it was during the advanced rotation programme that he got the opportunity to gain experience in the regional specialist wheelchair & seating service called Mobility Solutions. It is an area he always had an on-going interest and passion for, however believed he needed to establish his career footing in Occupational Therapy. Sam has now moved into a permanent role within Mobility Solutions. Sam highly commends the team dynamics and its supportive culture, and vastly appreciates how meaningful the service quality impacts his clients due to the extended time period he is involved in their management.

Contact us with any questions or enquiries at Questions/Information email link

Use links and Information about New Zealand & a Potential Move!
Auckland DHB website http://www.adhb.health.nz/ 
Living & working in New Zealand https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/