Whanganui Healthcare Employment

The Wanganui region is located on the lower west coast of the North Island, (south of Taranaki and the Taupo and Ruapehu regions) and at its core lays the majestic Whanganui River. It has a population of about 65,000 people and is serviced by the Whanganui District Health Board. The DHB is one of the region's largest employers, with over 1,100 staff.

In the Whanganui district, the Wanganui Hospital is the main provider of secondary health services along with rural health centres at Taihape, Rangitikei and Waimarino. Services provided include:

  • Community and rural Services
  • Surgical and support Services
  • Acute and inpatient Services
  • Maori health
  • Mental health.

Key health priorities identified for the region include: smoking, nutrition / obesity / activity, alcohol and drug issues, oral health, diabetes, cancer, mental illness, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, child and youth health and injury prevention.

The Whanganui region is known for its Maori culture and heritage, the Whanganui National Park and the Whanganui River, which in the early 1900s was called the 'Rhine of New Zealand' by visitors. It's the longest navigable river in New Zealand with over 200 rapids and stunning scenery.




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