Part time: 0.5 – 0.7 FTE (20 – 28 hours per week) negotiable

Permanent Role

Medical Director / Palliative Medicine Specialist

  • Based in sunny Blenheim, close to the Marlborough Sounds
  • Senior specialist leadership role
  • A progressive organisation delivering contemporary practice

We are recruiting a palliative care specialist at an exciting time for Hospice Marlborough as we develop our new model of community care. You will be a key player in promoting and upholding the brand integrity of Hospice Marlborough, ensuring our organisation continues to be recognised as a specialist service provider of high quality, person and whānau focused palliative care.

Key accountabilities are to:

  • Lead and manage the medical team at Hospice Marlborough, providing coaching, mentoring, supervision, and role modelling.
  • Provide comprehensive specialist palliative care for patients, families & whānau referred to Hospice Marlborough, interfacing with relevant health care partners.
  • Provide quality care, supporting families and patients whilst ensuring that the medical services are provided in an efficient and cost-effective manner
  • Provide palliative care education for non-specialist palliative care medical staff, including education and professional development for general practit


Our successful applicant will have:

  • Vocational Registration with Medical Council of New Zealand including a current practicing certificate.
  • Membership of Australia & NZ Society of Palliative Medicine and Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine or FRACP (Pall Med).
  • Experience in implementing Te Tiriti O Waitangi principles and committed to achieving equitable health outcomes for all, particularly Māori.
  • Proven ability to develop trust and build successful community wide networks.
  • Effective communication with strong presentation skills and can demonstrate a collaborative working style.
  • A visible passion for healthcare and the field of palliative care.


At Hospice Marlborough we are fully committed to provide ongoing professional development opportunities for all staff. We pride ourselves on having a fun, friendly and supportive team environment and culture.  Staff wellness is a priority for Hospice Marlborough, providing access to paid clinical or professional supervision as well as access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

We offer a competitive remuneration package, including a professional development allowance.

Hospice Marlborough: Te Whare Kumanu o Wairau

Our Vision: Our Marlborough community has access to specialist palliative care and live and die with compassion, dignity, in comfort and in peace in their place of choice.

Our Mission:  We at Hospice Marlborough provide specialist palliative care services to our community through a highly skilled team. We are agile as a service provider and strive to meet the needs of our community. We will ensure patients and family receive empathetic quality care, ideally in the environment of their choice.

Our Values:

  • Compassion and respect
  • Ambition and innovation
  • Collaboration and inclusion
  • Excellence and professionalism


If you think this role is for you then do not hesitate to send your application, a covering letter and CV to

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity further, on a no obligation and confidential basis and to receive a copy of the job application pack, including the job description, please contact:

Carole Crawford, Chief Executive Officer +64 (3) 578 9492

Applications open until our ideal candidate is found.


FTE by negiotiation

Based in Blenheim

Hospice Marlborough

We have an exciting opportunity for a Nurse Practitioner with an interest in palliative care to join the team at Hospice Marlborough.

About Hospice Marlborough

As a team we provide hospice and high-quality, specialist palliative care services to the people of Marlborough, either in the inpatient unit or in the community.

Our vision is that our community has access to specialist palliative care and that they can live and die with dignity, in comfort and peace, preferably, in their place of choice.

We pride ourselves on our supportive team environment and excellent working conditions.

About the Role

This position is a permanent role, FTE negotiable, allowing you to use your advanced clinical skills.

As a Nurse Practitioner you will be a valued member of our interdisciplinary team (IDT) contributing to providing specialist palliative care services. This role involves assessment and management of patients with palliative care needs including the prescription of medications. You will interact with a wide range of health professionals, and using your advanced interpersonal skills will build relationships, assisting your work as part of an IDT.

We strive to have a team that reflects the diversity of the communities we care for, including those who continue to be impacted by inequitable service access and health outcomes. As such we particularly welcome applicants from Māori, Pacific people, disabled people, and the LGBTQI+ communities.

About You

Our successful applicant will ideally have:

  • Previous nursing experience in specialist or primary palliative care but not essential
  • Registration as a Nurse Practitioner with Nursing Council
  • A current practicing certificate (Nursing Council of NZ)
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate nursing advice within an IDT
  • Experience working with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Advanced practice competencies in both an autonomous and collaborative manner
  • Current experience in New Zealand and be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.
  • Hold a full New Zealand drivers licence

Benefits we offer:

  • Be a part of a passionate, person and whānau centred team.
  • Work in a specialist palliative care setting in sunny Marlborough.
  • Access to paid clinical or professional supervision and professional development.
  • Our team are proud to be supported by Ignite Aotearoa, our employee assistance programme provider.

For a confidential discussion about the position, or to request a job description please contact Helen Reriti, Clinical Services Manager, or phone (03) 578-9492 

If you feel you have the experience and attributes we’re looking for, please send your CV and a brief covering letter telling us why you would like to join the Hospice Marlborough team.

Applications close 13 November 2023 or sooner if our ideal candidate is found.

Hospice Marlborough are committed to meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa, New Zealand. All employees are required to give effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Tino Rangatiratanga, Equity, Active Protection, Options and Partnership, in their work.