Health and Safety Adviser

About the role

As our Health and Safety Adviser for the South Island, you will provide coaching, guidance, and engage in mentoring of our South Island facility managers and employees to ensure understanding and compliance with Health and Safety and Environmental processes.

Reporting to the National Health and Safety Manager, you will have the autonomy to own H&S for the South Island, while also having the support of the rest of the team when needed. The expectation is that you will be out and about, helping to create a safe place to work by doing and seeing, rather than writing reports. In this crucial role you will also:

  • Work closely with the clinical and operational management team in the development of an industry leading safety culture across all facilities in your region
  • Assist the Health and Safety Manager and National Safety and Injury Management Advisor to provide reporting on all staff incidents/injuries, and assisting managers, where appropriate, with return to work plans throughout Oceania Healthcare
  • Lead or assist in the implementation of specific Health and Safety projects and initiatives as required, with particular focus on wellbeing
  • Assist with the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of Health and Safety & Environmental processes and procedures both nationally and regionally
  • Assist in obtaining a high level of staff engagement for health and safety by working alongside the staff at facility level.
  • Assisting facilities with investigations and root cause analysis when required

The role will ideally be based in Christchurch although Nelson would be considered for the right person. This role also requires travel between facilities and regions within the South Island.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have energy, passion, and ideas with a natural ability to solve problems. You will have excellent communication skills and a strong ability to carry a discussion and lead engagement at all levels. You'll also bring:

  • A tertiary qualification in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent combination of qualifications and experience
  • 3+ years' experience in H&S coordinator or advisory roles, or in another relevant role
  • Experience in developing and delivering coaching material to managers and employees
  • Previous experience in an industry with high levels of manual handling risk (preferred)
  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills
  • A proven record of delivering results and change while working independently
  • The ability to think through new and novel solutions, using initiative

About Us

Oceania Healthcare is a leading provider of aged care services, with over 40 sites across New Zealand. We are dedicated to delivering exceptional and innovative care and hospitality services that delight our residents.

At Oceania, we build villages, not just homes. Places designed to enable our residents to live the way they always have, with value, purpose and connection to the things that matter most. We're led by them, and it's this shared belief in better that makes our approach different.

We Kiwis have a proud tradition of striving for better, which doesn't stop, no matter our age. That's why we're reimagining the retirement living and aged care experience. Because you've always strived for better, so do we.

If you are interested in making a difference to the health & safety of our people, then we would love to hear from you.

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Why work at Oceania Healthcare?

A little about us

We are the proud owner and operator of 46 aged care centres and retirement villages across New Zealand. As the third largest provider of aged care in New Zealand, we are passionate about supporting our local communities and providing the very best care to meet kiwi’s needs.

Our clinical expertise is world-class, led by Dr Frances Hughes, our GM Nursing and Clinical Strategy. Frances is a Registered Nurse and has led global organisations including The International Council of Nurses and worked for the World Health Organisation. She was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 and a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit in 2020. Her vision for global excellence in aged care is inspiring, as is her passion to deliver it.

If you asked our staff, they would tell a story that’s not often shared. A tale of dedication, knowledge and putting in the mahi, to care for those who once cared for you and me.

What’s important to us

Every person in our team lives by the following values:

  • Kindness – show compassion and understanding
  • Passion – believe that we can make a difference
  • Respect – know that everyone matters
  • Excellence – delivering quality in everything we do

What’s different about us

We are a people business and we recognise that the passion of our staff is key to delivering outstanding care to our residents.

Our boutique offerings ensure that we can provide a very personalised experience for all our residents – both in village and care.

That makes us special and unique.

We provide industry leading learning and development programmes for all our staff and we have a strong focus on career progression for all.

We also have an employee share scheme which is available to all our staff after being employed with us for one year.

Want to walk in their shoes?

To celebrate International Nurses Day, we launched ‘In Their Shoes’ – a celebration of our dedicated and clinically skilled nurses who work at the forefront of New Zealand’s aged care sector.

‘In Their Shoes’ acknowledges not just the kindness and compassion that our nurses bring to every day, but more importantly, their knowledge, commitment and professionalism.

To mark the day, each of our frontline nurses were gifted a pair of bespoke Allbirds, with a specially crafted message in the insoles of what it’s like to walk a day in their shoes – a token of our respect for the work that they do.

But this doesn’t stop with our current nurses. Every nurse who becomes part of our team will be gifted a pair of bespoke Allbirds, with a specially crafted message in the insoles of what it’s like to walk a day in the shoes of an aged care nurse. We’re always looking for dedicated and skilled nurses across New Zealand.

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