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What to expect when applying for a role

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

Step 1   Register your details

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you have provided so you can log in to apply for future roles.

Step 2    Apply for the Role

- Have your CV and cover letter ready to attach plus the three relevant referee contact details you wish to use for this role.  Internal applicants will be reference checked with their current manager so please provide details in your application should you not wish this to occur for any reason.

- Select the role you are interested in applying for.

- When your application has been successfully lodged the page will display a green tick.

- You will receive a confirmation email to the email address you have provided.

Note: If you are diverted back to the log-in page the computer has timed out and you will need to do step 2 again.

police checks info

Preparing for an interview at the Southern DHB

Interviews 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 come along ready to talk about examples from your work experience. There's some great tips here:

You will receive confirmation of your interview time and date, where to come and who you will be meeting.  We are looking forward to getting to know you!

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.

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 Vulnerable Children’s Act (2014).

Please note, that if you are offered a position with us a delay in the Southern DHB being able to process your Police Check could result in your start date being delayed.

Vulnerable 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.  To find out more information on the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 go to this website:

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.


Medical Colleges + Registration Bodies


A Visa is required to work and live in NZ. Most health professionals can apply under the Skilled Migrant category. You can apply for a Residence Visa, or a ‘Working Towards Residence Visa'. See for full details. This is a separate process to getting your registration with the relevant professional council or college.



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.