West Coast Healthcare Employment

The West Coast of New Zealand's South Island is known for its sparsely populated rural communities. Its healthcare services, including primary care, are provided by the West Coast District Health Board in Buller, Grey and South Westland districts.

It operates Grey Base Hospital in Greymouth, plus a number of health clinics in Westport, Reefton and Hokitika, and provides the communities of Haast, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Whataroa, Hari Hari, Moana, Reefton, Ngakawau and Karamea with rural nurse specialists.

The West Coast stretches some 600km along the Tasman Sea and is known for its rugged, beautiful terrain - wild coastlines, rugged mountains and impenetrable rainforest. The region experiences very high annual rainfall due to the prevailing north-westerly wind pattern and the location of the Southern Alps. Its population hovers around 30,000 and the communities, 'The Coasters' are known for their friendliness.

At the end of the nineteenth century, the West Coast experienced a population explosion with the gold-rush years, but nowadays, visitors are attracted by scenic highlights.




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