Vacancy – Health Care Assistant (Casual)

December 9th, 2019
  • Important care programme based in the Community
  • Work with our expert clinical and medical teams
  • Enhance your skills with our comprehensive education programme

Mary Potter Hospice provides free palliative care for the people of the Wellington Region. Our core values of Respect, Compassion, Dignity, Hospitality and Stewardship are very important to us and we apply these to the people who work here as much as our patients and families.

The Programme: We have embarked on a ‘Last Days of Life Community Care’ programme that will support people in their last days of life to stay in their own home. It will be carried out mostly at night but may be in the daytime as well. The programme enhances the care provided by the main carers in the last and precious days of life. The Last Days of Life service is mainly offered as an overnight service.

The Role: This is an autonomous role. Health Care Assistants are hugely important in supporting the patients and families to feel supported in their own home. Supervision and support from a Registered Nurse is available by phone during the shift making sure those in the Last Days of Life Programme receive a high standard of care.

About you: You will already have some experience as a health care assistant in end of life care or similar role.  You will be an effective and empathetic communicator. You will be committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, especially in the Hospice context, open to wider cultural diversity and most importantly, you will be comfortable working around grief and loss. You will have a full driver’s license

We offer: A comprehensive education programme; free EAP counselling services and free flu vaccinations; the opportunity to work alongside highly experienced multi-disciplinary teams, in a strong and supportive team environment that enables you to really make a difference.

If you want to help Mary Potter Hospice provide this very valuable service to the people in the Wellington community then we would love to talk with you further.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake pre-employment health screening and complete a Ministry of Justice criminal records check, the results of which must be to Mary Potter Hospice’s satisfaction. Applicants must have NZ residency or a valid work visa.

Please send your cover letter, application form and CV to Catherine Hart, PO Box 7442, Newtown, Wellington 6242 or email

For further information please contact Helen Golds, please phone 381 0179

Health Care Assistant – Community Care – Last Days of Life Job Description 
Mary Potter Hospice Application Form