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Casual Nurses and Health Care Assistants – Wanted!

Are you an enthusiastic Nurse or Health Care Assistant capable of providing the very best in individualised palliative care? 

We are currently looking for Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Health Care Assistants to join our experienced and collaborative team based in Invercargill on a casual basis.

Hospice Southland is the Specialist Palliative Care provider for the region of Southland and Wakatipu Basin, and we are extremely passionate about the opportunity we have to provide the very best care for our patients and their families.  

As an experienced Registered or Enrolled Nurse you will join our skilled and friendly Inpatient Unit team caring for and supporting patients and their family in a multidisciplinary team environment. Our Inpatient Unit operates 24/7 and our casual roles will involve working across 3 rostered shifts (including nights & weekends).

You will hold a current NZ Annual Practising certificate with at least 5 years’ experience and have an interest in working within a palliative care setting where your passion for delivering high quality care shines through.  

As an experienced Health Care Assistant you will assist the nursing team in providing basic personal care for patients needing assistance, participate in any requirement necessitated in allowing individualised care of our patients to enable our Living Every Moment philosophy to be fully realised and deliver hospitality requirements for patient and family needs.

Your friendly, positive and helpful personality will allow you to professionally represent Hospice Southland’s values to our patients, their families, volunteers and colleagues who we interact and work with every day.  If you want to be part of our special team knowing you are making a real difference in your community and you have the skills and experience we are looking for please forward your cover letter, and an up to date CV to recruitment@hospicesouthland.org.nz.  Should you require any further information please contact Kirsty Robertson (Nursing Team Leader) or Steph Ash (Clinical Manager) on 03 211 3081.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.



About the role

  • Are you an engaging, compassionate, discrete, caring and professional person?
  • Do you revel in your high level of administration skills and attention to detail?
  • Do you have experience dealing with sensitive and confidential information on a daily basis?
  • Can you make reception welcoming, be flexible and have the ability to be interrupted while making it seem like it’s no hassle at all?
  • Are you trustworthy, reliable and responsible?

If you fit the above criteria this may be the role for you.

The job involves assisting families as they visit their relatives or friends in the Hospice, along with working with colleagues in a clinical environment.

You need to be welcoming while also carrying on with a wide range of administration tasks.

You need to be really good with Word, data entry and if you had some graphic layout skills that would be helpful.

You need to have an excellent telephone manner and be a real conduit between staff and visitors.


If this 8 hours a week on a Friday role sounds like you then please send a letter of application and a CV to:
Kathryn Bell

By 5 pm Friday 30th October.

If you want further details please contact Kathryn by email



Medical Officer within Palliative Medicine

Do you wish to practice

  • in a Holistic manner?

  • Within an inclusive team structure where your role is valued?

  • Where communication is paramount and allows for individualised care to become a reality?

  • Where you have sufficient time to spend with patients and families

  • In a setting with regular work hours where work/life balance is a reality?

We have a unique and exciting opportunity for you to practice in hospice and palliative medicine.  A rewarding full-time fixed term or permanent opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and self-driven Medical Officer to join our dedicated, passionate and collaborative team.  

About us

Hospice Southland helps people who are living with a terminal illness to live life to its fullest, while providing comfort and specialist palliative care.

Our patients and their family/whanau are supported by our team of specialist palliative medicine doctors, nurses, social worker, counsellors, pharmacist and spiritual care coordinator.

With a purpose built six-bed short stay facility our inpatient unit is staffed by experienced palliative care doctors, nurses and allied health staff.  Hospice Southland also supports patients at home as this is where they often generally prefer to be.  To support this service Hospice Southland also operates 7 shops turning 2nd hand goods into 1st class care by raising essential funds to provide specialist palliative care to our community. Our Hospice shops are in Invercargill, Gore, Winton, Queenstown and Te Anau. With a history spanning 27 years in Southland, Hospice Southland remains in operation due to generous donations, volunteer contributions and Ministry funding.  We take huge pride in the strong community support we receive. 

About the role

Reporting to the Medical Director you will be a qualified medical practitioner at SHO or registrar level, or an accomplished GP with an interest in Palliative Medicine.  You will actively support our patients and their family/whanau during their admission to the hospice inpatient unit and in the community, including aged residential care facilities.  You will be part of a team that provides specialist palliative support in Invercargill and throughout Southland and the Wakatipu Basin. You can design or participate in quality improvement initiatives, and there is even the option of undertaking the Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). You will participate in the on-call roster as well.

Your interest in Palliative Medicine, coupled with excellent communication skills, strong organisational abilities, and an aptitude for teaching/coaching are crucial.  Post-graduate experience or education in Palliative Medicine whilst desirable, is not essential. 

For those who are not in the know Invercargill is the capital of Southland which boasts multiple leisure opportunities as well as excellent educational and sporting facilities.  In Southland you will be able to live in a community dedicated to excellence in family focused lifestyle.  Access to a world class outdoors environment is second to none for those keen to experience nature at its best, be it world heritage walks or globally recognised brown trout fisheries, the wineries of Central Otago or the ski fields in Queenstown, there is something for everyone.  This is a lifestyle opportunity not to be missed.


For more information or if you want to be part of our special team knowing you are making a real difference in your community and you have the skills and experience we are looking for please contact Dr Amanda Sommerfeldt on 032 211 3081 or amandas@hospicesouthland.org.nz

A full job description can be downloaded here