Consultant Rheumatologist - Expression of Interest

Consultant Rheumatologist

Te Whatu Ora - South Canterbury (Timaru Hospital)

South Island - New Zealand

Options for, Permanent, Fixed Term, Locum, Full or Part Time Hours

Right now, we're seeking expressions of interest for a Consultant Rheumatologist to join the general medicine department 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.

General Medicine Department at Timaru Hospital

Currently, we are a team of nine general medicine specialists, each of the team having an additional sub-specialty focus, that currently includes Neurology, Chest Medicine, Diabetology, Gastroenterology and Cardiology and Rheumatology.

The Rheumatology position involves conducting rheumatology clinics, supported by a Specialist Rheumatology Nurse, with easy access to the Departments of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthotics, Pharmacy, Day Ward for infusions, in a well-equipped District General Hospital.  This position also involves being available to provide advice to General Physicians, GPs, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Emergency Physicians and if necessary, inpatient consultations during normal working hours on weekdays. 

It is possible when making an engagement into this role, for us to consider including an additional part-time component of General Medicine/Internal Medicine to this appointment, (i.e. involving inpatient work and on-call responsibilities, with any such details to be negotiated). This could effectively create a full-time post if so desired.

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,



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Permanent, Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time, Fixed Term/Contract, Fixed Term/Contract/Full Time, Fixed Term/Contract/Part Time, Locum

Job no: LEAM3138292

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: OPEN