Anaesthetist - Health New Zealand - South Canterbury

Anesthetist - Permanent Role 

Health New Zealand|Te Whatu Ora - South Canterbury (Timaru Hospital)

South Island - New Zealand

Right now, we have a vacancy for an Anaesthetist to join the department of Anaesthesia at Timaru Hospital. Located in the South Island of New Zealand the district of South Canterbury is centrally located and an easy to place to live and work, with instant access to an array of outdoor activities.

Anaesthesia Department at Timaru Hospital

The team of ten actively service four theatres, an Obstetric Unit (averaging 590 births per year), and a combined Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit, all with the assistance of Anesthetic Technicians and skilled Theatre, Day Patient Stay and ICU Nursing staff. 

Anaesthetist Specialist Role

This position provides efficient, safe and appropriate anesthetic services, intensive care unit and pain management treatment as well as day patient and outpatient clinic sessions.

The position is part time or full time (to be negotiated & agreed) and works during the normal hours of work between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday; and on a rostered On Call basis outside normal hours during the week, at weekends and on public holidays. 

On Call Duties:

The after-hours roster frequency is 1:12th to provide cover outside of the normal hours of work, at weekends and on Public Holidays.  Whilst providing cover you are first on call.

There is also scope to consider engaging in some Private Practice with the local Bidwill Trust Private Hospital at which a number of our existing team have a professional association with.

Health New Zealand|Te Whatu Ora - South Canterbury is responsible for the delivery of services throughout the South Canterbury region and Timaru Hospital (131 beds) serves a district population of approximately 50,000 based in a General Hospital Facility, (which has just commenced a significant refurbishment programme), providing our local community with such critical 24/7 services as  ED, ICU/CCU, General, Orthopaedic, & ENT Surgery, O&G, Psychiatry, Geriatrics, Oncology & Palliative Care, Internal Medicine and Paediatrics.

Integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence are at the heart of everything we do. We are a proudly diverse team, as we know a diverse and inclusive workforce achieves the best outcomes for our patients and communities. If you share in these core values and bring them into every aspect of your patient care. 

Why Timaru and the South Canterbury region?

We are the best big little city you will find, located on the coast and Caroline Bay, with the majestic Southern Alps in the back-ground.  Timaru is an easy place to live, family friendly and with easy access to an array of outdoor activities – beaches, ski fields, lakes, mountains, and hiking tracks. 

Free parking and an easy commute to work really helps with true work life balance! 

Medical Council Registration 

Please be aware, if you are an overseas candidate the Medical Council of New Zealand requires primary source verification of your qualifications to be undertaken using the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates’ Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (ECFMG’s EPIC) service. Being certified through EPIC is compulsory and we therefore recommend applicants register their professional credentials with EPIC at the time of applying for this vacancy. 

Please visit the NZMC website for more details about this and the other requirements needed to be met toward gaining NZ Vocational Scope Registration.

Enquires and Application Process 

Please apply for this vacancy online at 

Applications are Open until a suitable candidate is found.

If you would like to discuss this role and or living in Timaru before you apply, please contact Catherine Robertson on

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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: KGAN3138266

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: OPEN