How we Work

You can be part of the exciting challenge of the continuing development of the post earthquake health services of Canterbury, aiming to deliver a world class healthcare system that is sustainable and meets the future needs of our population.  In doing so, we acknowledge our commitment to improving Māori health and wellbeing and reducing health inequities in our Māori population and whānau.

Our Consumer Council ensures that consumers have a strong voice in planning, designing and delivering services in the Canterbury Health System.  The Consumer Council's slogan "Nothing about us, without us" encompasses our belief that health care must always be planned with consumer involvement, right from the beginning. This is reflected by our real focus on patients and families and commitment to constantly improving the patient journey.  The individual is at the centre of care and we strive always to improve the patient experience with innovation and transformation being fundamental to the organisation’s quality journey.

The transformation of our health system is driven by empowered clinical leadership.  Health professionals across Canterbury are developing and implementing innovative solutions to improve outcomes for our population and improve the way the system works.   There is a genuine desire by the Chief Executive for clinical leadership and you will have the opportunity to influence the way healthcare is delivered.

The Canterbury DHB’s Clinical Board is a multidisciplinary clinical forum that oversees the DHB’s clinical activity.  The Board advises the Chief Executive on clinical issues and takes an active role in setting clinical standards and encouraging best practice and innovation.  Members support and influence the DHB’s vision and play an important clinical leadership role, leading by example to raise the standard of patient care.

Led by the Clinical Board we have a collective commitment to our vision for zero harm.  There are many improvement activities underway focused on designing systems to achieve this vision and to ensure the right care is delivered to the right standard, in the right place at the right time by the right person in the right way.

We actively promote the concept of a learning organisation, and have a strong focus on developing leadership and management, and applying learning to the workplace.  We have partnered with the Universities of Canterbury and Otago as well as the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) to provide a suite of learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of our health workforce together with research and undergraduate teaching opportunities.

Canterbury provides significant career opportunities for Senior Medical and Dental Officers. Conditions of employment are contained in the Multi Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) negotiated by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) – the union which covers Senior Medical and Dental Officers.  Although membership is not obligatory you may be interested in finding out more through their website.  Professional representation is provided through the New Zealand Medical Association and New Zealand Dental Association.

Further information about living and working in Christchurch is available in our brochure specifically designed for Senior Medical and Dental Officers.

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