Clinical advisor

Plunket Clinical Advisors provide clinical and professional leadership to Plunket staff in Area teams and at a national level.

Reporting to the Clinical Advisory manager, eight Advisors are based at regional offices across the country and at National Office.


The Clinical Advisor is responsible for:

  • supporting area and operational teams around care delivery planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • decision making in providing healthcare in the primary healthcare/well child setting
  • quality improvement – leading clinical governance systems that contribute to quality services
  • research and scholarship - advancing practice that improves child health outcomes
  • developing and maintaining professional networks and engaging with the broader health sector.

Clinical Advisor’s are widely experienced in primary healthcare nursing and provide advice and comment on a range of community, child health issues.

Working closely with the Marketing and Communications teams, Clinical Advisors help to ensure Plunket’s media communications are consistent with the values and guidelines of the organization.

What’s required?

Clinical Advisors are NZ registered nurses with relevant post graduate qualifications, including post graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Speciality Nursing Well Child/Tamariki Ora (or the equivalent).

Advisors also have significant post graduate experience in community child and family health promotion nursing practice, and hold a current annual practicing certificate.

Professional development is an important part of all roles at Plunket. As well as undertaking their own study, Advisors hold the level of ‘Nurse Influencing Practice’ on the Plunket Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP).


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