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Public Health Worker/Health Promoter

Location: 
Tauranga

The Salvation Army, Addictions Service (gambling) is seeking to appoint a part-time (24 hours per week) Public Health worker to our office in Tauranga. This position covers the Tauranga / Western Bay of Plenty regions and will involve some travelling so a full clean driver’s licence is essential.

This position requires an understanding of the issues relevant to problem gambling at a local, regional and national level.  Our public health work covers health promotion activities including: policy development and implementation, supporting safe gambling environments, education and awareness raising, strengthening community participation and action to foster supportive communities and effective screening initiatives.  Managing the multi venue exclusion process (MVE) in conjunction with other providers.  It means working collaboratively with Maori, other affected ethnic groups, and problem gambling services, gambling providers, health and social services, key stakeholders and local communities to help create and support healthy communities, preventing and minimising harm from gambling.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A qualification and/or experience in public health, health promotion,   community development, addiction studies or other relevant area,
  • An understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in relation to  health and able to apply principles to work,
  • Proven ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing, including ability to write reports,
  • Capable of building and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external parties,
  • Ability to develop and implement comprehensive presentations and programmes that target vulnerable communities in relation to gambling harm,
  • Ability to competently manage competing work demands and exercise self care,
  • Good working relationships with staff and work well as a team member,
  • Understanding of, respect for, and ability to work with The Salvation Army’s mission, principles and Christian ethos,
  • NZ residence.

This would be a fixed term contract until 28 February 2015.  

Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:
Darryl Wesley
Manager
The Salvation Army
Addiction Services - Tauranga 
PO Box 70215
Fraser Cove
Tauranga 3155
Ph: (07) 578 9329

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 3 October 2014.


The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and human service provider. It is committed to caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society – all through the love of God shown in Jesus. The successful applicant should therefore show an ability to identify with the mission and values of The Salvation Army.