Medical Director and Clinical Champion roles

  • Further information for the Medical Director and Clinical Champion roles is outlined below.
  • Please use the form at the bottom of this page to make an application.

Purpose of roles:

Medical Director
The primary role of the Medical Director is to coordinate and support the Clinical Champions. The Medical Director will also:

  • Work with RHĀNZ, and Clinical Champions to:
    • Collate Regionalised Databases of health and support services.
    • Develop a Caller Pathway Tool for use by the Rural Support Trust volunteers when dealing with distressed callers.
    • Support Clinical Champions to train Rural Support Trust Volunteers in the use of the Regionalised Databases and Caller Pathway tool.
  • Convene six-weekly teleconferences with the Clinical Champions to:
    • Provide peer support.
    • Enhance programme delivery.
    • Identify key issues and pressure points.
  • Provide regular updates on key issues and pressure points to the RHĀNZ Mental Health Steering Group.

This role will be supported by RHĀNZ management.

Clinical Champions

The Clinical Champions will:

  • Work with the Medical Director and RHĀNZ to:
    • Develop the Regionalised Databases.
    • Develop the Caller Pathway Tool.
    • Train Rural Support Trust Volunteers in the use of the Regional Databases and Caller Pathway Tool.
  • Provide advice and support to the Rural Support Trusts and Regional Leaders (appointed by Dairy NZ through their contract with MPI);
  • Engage with both RHĀNZ and Dairy NZ re local community and health professional educational events – attending where practical.
  • Promote connections between the Rural Support Trusts, Regional Leaders and existing services in their regions, in particular: DHB suicide prevention and postvention coordinators; general practice services; Iwi suicide prevention teams, PHOs and brief intervention workers;
  • Acting as a conduit for communications within their region.

We anticipate there being up to 12 Clinical Champions and up to 12 Regional Leaders across the country, split according to the Rural Support Trust boundaries. Each Clinical Champion will be assigned a Regional Leader.

Term of roles: 1 November 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Qualifications and experience:
The Medical Director will be a Vocationally Registered GP or a Fellow of The Division of Rural Hospital Medicine with an interest and expertise in rural/provincial mental health issues as well as experience in service design and network management.

The Clinical Champions will be senior local rural health professionals (doctors, nurses, or pharmacists) with an interest and expertise in rural/provincial mental health issues.

Both roles will be remunerated plus expenses.

Suicide Prevention Workshop:
The Medical Director, the Clinical Champions, and the Regional Leaders will all be required to attend a tailored 1-day Suicide Prevention Workshop in Wellington in late November 2015 (tentatively 25 November). Professional Development Points will be available for clinical attendees and travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

Application process:
To apply for one of these roles please complete the form below.

Applications will be reviewed by the RHĀNZ Mental Health Steering Group and the successful applicants will be notified by the end of October 2015.

Any questions:
Please contact Marie Daly,, 027 203 1080 or
Michelle Thompson,, 012 234 7413.


Online Application Form

Please use the form below to submit your application.


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