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How to apply & Southern DHB jobs available now

We are thrilled that you are considering applying to join our team here at Southern.  We have outlined below the steps in our general recruitment process and included some tips so you are prepared for what’s to come. If you need assistance with anything through the process your specific recruiter’s contact details will be located on the advertisement you’ve shown interest in. 

Our recruitment process & your applicant experience


All vacancies are advertised and should be made online via the Apply Now link from the advertisement so we can track and manage your application as efficiently as possible.  Applying is simple!

Come explore opportunities now!

Senior Medical Officer and Resident Medical Officer recruitment follows a slightly different process so check out the specific sections here for more information. 

Thank you for choosing us to continue your career in health and make a difference to the people of the Southern District.  Good luck!


Once you have applied online, if your skills and experience are suitable for the position, you’ll be contacted by one of our hiring managers or a recruitment advisor to arrange an interview or have a quick discussion regarding the role and ask a few details about your application.

Handy tip: Use this phone call as an opportunity to sell yourself and your relevant experience and explain why you are interested in the role and us.

Preparing for an interview at the Southern DHB

Congratulations on getting an interview!  If you are invited to an interview it is most likely to be a panel interview with a minimum of two senior staff on one of our sites.  If you’re based overseas or living outside of the Southern Region, we can conduct video interviews via Zoom, Skype or Face Time. You will receive confirmation of your interview time and date, where to come, and who you will be meeting. 

This is a chance for us to learn more about you as well as for you to learn about us and are a great opportunity for you to demonstrate your relevant work experience as well as your personality - team fit is important.  We also want to understand how you perform under a little pressure as for some roles this is important.  Finally, our Values are important to us so we want to understand how yours align to ours.  Interviews are also your opportunity to ensure you understand the role and so there will always be an opportunity to ask questions.  Make sure you have reviewed the job description and as our interviews are competency based, you will be asked to give some relevant examples of your prior experience in line with the competencies for the role. Take some time to think about this in advance.  The STAR technique is a useful approach and there's some great tips here:

Child care worker roles: If your interview is for a role that has been deemed a core/non core child worker role under the Children's Act 2014 it is a requirement that the successful applicant complete a Police Vetting Request  below. 

Please print and complete the Police Vetting Service Request form above and bring to your interview if asked. The hiring manager will collect this and these required forms of ID at your interview. Please bring originals and photocopies to the interview of two forms of the required identification.

(More on the Children's Act 2014 below)

Pre-employment checks

It is part of our recruitment process to gather information about a candidate and to evaluate that information to make a decision about whether a candidate is suitable for the given role. These checks we undertake depend on the role you are being considered for but may include:

  • Police vetting or a Ministry of Justice criminal conviction history
  • Clinical credentialling
  • Reference checking
  • Occupational Health assessment.

Police vetting or Criminal Conviction History check

A Vetting or Criminal Conviction History check is undertaken with either the Police Vetting Service or the Ministry of Justice as per the requirements of the role and the associated obligations of the DHB for the Children’s Act (2014) as above.

Children’s Act (2014)

All health workers (employees, independent contractors, locums and volunteers, and any people supplied/engaged through agencies) whose position involves contact with children (“Children’s worker”), occasional or regular, due to the nature of their work must be Safety Checked prior to commencing employment and to be periodically checked thereafter. 

Clean Slate Convictions

NOTE: You are not required to disclose any convictions that you are eligible to conceal under the provisions of the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004.  It is your responsibility to determine if you are eligible to conceal any conviction.  To find if you may be eligible please go to this website:

Who will see the information on the Police report?

We understand and respect your right to privacy.  The only people who will see the police report will be the HR staff responsible for administering your application and the appointing manager.  Once the report has been seen and a decision taken regarding the contents, the report will be destroyed.

How will the information be used?

The declaration will only be used for the purpose of determining your suitability for employment in the position you have applied for. If Southern DHB receives any information about a police record, a decision will be taken concerning the relevance of this record to your application.  Appropriate account will be taken of the type and age of the record, though the Southern DHB reserves the right to take the final decision concerning whether to proceed with appointment.  If any information on a police record is received which potentially affects your application, you will be informed and provided with the opportunity to comment.


Immigration, Visas

A Visa is required to work and live in NZ for non citizens and non residents.  We cannot employ anyone without a legal right to work in New Zealand.  Most health professionals may be able to apply under the Skilled Migrant category. You can apply for a Residence Visa, or a ‘Working Towards Residence Visa'. See for full details as early as you can. This is a separate process to getting your registration with the relevant professional council or college.  Please note that the Recruitment team cannot provide any advice on this so we encourage you to contact Immigration early on as you consider making a move.


Medical Colleges + Registration Bodies


In order to practice in New Zealand you will be required to be registered with the associated professional Board or Council. You will also be required to hold a current NZ Annual Practising Certificate. It's important to seek early advice on whether you can obtain the necessary registration. For specific information and contact details visit the registration authority for your area of practice:

Medical Council of NZ
Nursing Council of NZ
Midwifery Council of NZ
NZ Psychologists Board
NZ Medical Radiation Technologist Board
Physiotherapy Board of NZ
Occupational Therapy Board of NZ
NZ Speech-Language Therapists Association
NZ Dietitians Board
NZ Social Workers Registration Board
NZ Audiological Society
Dental Council of NZ
Pharmacy Council of NZ


Medical Colleges

Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetics
Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
Accident and Medical Practice
Anaesthetic Technicians (Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand)


Reference checking

We conduct reference checks on all potential employees. You should be prepared to provide at least two referees and their contact details, and for some roles there will be additional requirements of manager and clinical references. Your recruitment advisor will guide you on what is required.

Credit Checking

We conduct credit checks for potential employees going into any positions with budgetary responsibilities.