Strong demand for health services managers
The number of health services managers has increased over the last decade, as New Zealand's growing and ageing population creates demand for community and hospital health services.
According to the Census, 2,388 health services managers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Entry-level health management jobs for experienced, qualified clinicians
There are often entry-level health management jobs available in the health sector, such as clinical, quality or project manager roles. These jobs usually require clinical experience and a relevant professional qualification, for example in business, accounting, human resources, education or information technology.
These roles can provide a pathway into more senior health services manager roles, such as department manager or chief executive.
Most health services managers work in the public sector
Most health services managers work for public sector employers such as:
- district health boards
- public hospitals
- primary health care
- health-related agencies such as Medsafe, which regulates therapeutic products in New Zealand
- government departments or ministries.
Some health services managers work for private employers such as:
- private hospitals
- aged care
- community-based services such as community nursing, disability support organisations or kaupapa Māori community organisations.