Welcome to new staff – here's what to expect in your first few months at the Ministry of Health.
When you join the Ministry of Health, you will be joining an organisation that is passionate about improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders.
See what some Ministry staff have to say about working here.
The Ministry of Health is a large government organisation and we’re responsible for providing advice to government on the challenges around the health of New Zealanders, around how we might support living longer and healthy outcomes. So, we provide advice to government but also have key relationships working with the sector, the district health boards and the non-government organisations.
It’s not just interacting with public service but we have to think a lot harder now about how we make it easier for New Zealanders to interact with us. We see ourselves as nation building, so it’s not just about social services but it’s about the economic development and a thriving economy supported by a healthy population.
What do I love about working at the Ministry of Health? Well, it’s one of the best ways I’ve found of learning the country as a whole; its culture, its government, its traditions, its history, but at the same time it’s really a cosmopolitan place. There are people from all over the world here so they bring everything that they’ve picked up and their experiences to the table as well. You get points of view that I think would be hard to find in larger governments that aren’t as cosmopolitan.
I think the people I work with is a real positive, and that most people are very passionate about what they do. I think if you’re someone who enjoys working in a very collaborative way and working with lots of other people then you would enjoy and thrive at the Ministry.
People who have that dedication, the passion, the drive to get things done and make a difference, that it’s not just around getting contracts out through the door and working with the sector, it’s around how you follow through and make sure we’re making a difference.
We’re looking for people able to actually work in the collaborative environment where others can contribute as opposed to them dominating the agenda. The challenges before us are quite complex, quite fluid, quite ambiguous, so therefore the sort of people we want to attract are those who are looking at those things not as ‘Gosh, that’s a real problem’ but ‘Gosh, that’s a fantastic opportunity’. The Ministry is just slightly over 1000 staff. Our main office is in Wellington, so we have roughly over 700 people in Wellington. Whether you have a family or whether you are a young professional or whether you are quite senior in your role it is an extremely liveable city.
After work it’s easy to go out and meet friends and colleagues, but you’ve also got the broader city life around, the culture that’s here, the theatres…
It’s a good place to live.
One of the things I love about the Ministry since I’ve been here is the level of enthusiasm there is to look at things differently, that don’t think about things as neat and fitting in a square box and to trust the staff to do that as well.
Since joining only a year and a half ago I’ve been put onto a leadership development programme, which is a 13 month programme that I’ve been involved in which has been fantastic for not only meeting people within the Ministry and getting to grow my network but also in terms of development, it’s been far more than I’ve experienced in any other place I’ve worked. So, it’s very positive.
One of the big observations that I’ve made is that you will not be bored. There is no lack of opportunity for contribution. As an organisation we are changing and learning from ourselves and I think for anybody who wants to work in an organisation, who wants to make a difference, the Ministry of Health is such an organisation.
You can learn all about us on this website. Check out:
- Our Statement of Intent
- The NZ health system
- Your DHB
- Ministry of Health Twitter page
- Ministry of Health YouTube channel
- Latest media releases
If you are starting work at the Ministry, it will be helpful to know:
- The structure of the Ministry and its business units
- The Executive Leadership Team
- The Minister of Health and associated Ministers
The Ministry of Health is part of the New Zealand Public Sector and as such our employees are Public Servants, responsible for delivering our work in relation to the Government’s priorities.
As an organisation we have developed a plan and are working towards this future of where we want to be in the next few years. This is outlined below.
If you have any questions about working at the Ministry of Health, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org