Emergency Medicine Specialist or Rural Hospital Specialist

Emergency Medicine Specialist or Rural Hospital Specialist 

Te Whatu Ora - South Canterbury (Based at Timaru Hospital South Island New Zealand)

Fixed Term Position - to April 2025 (Covering Leave) and possible extension to a permanent position.

Some flexibility of engagement can be considered, such as a Part-time commitment.  Please talk to us about your preference.

Right now, we have a vacancy for a Senior Medical Officer to join the Emergency 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.

Emergency Specialist Role 

The department consists of 12-beds, covering a wide range of emergency presentations, including trauma, with backup from inpatient teams including anaesthesia, paediatrics, mental health, O&G, surgical and internal medicine specialists.  The ED team is a tight-knit group, consisting of 6.7 FTE Senior Medical Officers and a core of experienced and multi-skilled ED nurses. 

The roster consists of 3 overlapping 9-hour shifts, (plus some degree of House Officer assistance). Considerable efforts are made to accommodate individual preferences while rostering. 

A major advantage here is the roster has no night shift and no afterhours 'on-call' requirement and typically operates on a 6-week cycle, thereby allowing some degree of predictability for planning one’s personal commitments &interests. 

Successful applicants will be offered a position based on the DHB/ASMS MECA terms and conditions, including a generous CME allowance.  South Canterbury has strong links with the University of Otago School of Medicine with opportunities for Senior Medical Officer to become involved as Clinical Supervisors. 

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.

Despite (or maybe because) of our smaller size, we are considered to be a progressive Hospital, open to new ideas and distributive leadership giving clinicians a real opportunity to make change and improvements.

Living in South Canterbury 

South Canterbury offers a lifestyle opportunity second to none: this is an easy place to live, family friendly, known to have one of the lowest crime rates in NZ, with instant access to an astounding array of outdoor activities - one of New Zealand's top ten rated beaches, a number of ski fields with both learner and advanced slopes, lakes and mountains – (the iconic ‘McKenzie Country’ is on our doorstep). 

When it comes to public amenities you are spoilt for choice with multiple golf courses, modern aquatic/gym facility and an excellent array of sporting venues. 

The climate is great: hot summers, crisp winters, there is no such thing as a long commute to work, great properties, including lifestyle blocks, are still relatively affordable by NZ standards and primary and secondary educational facilities are superb with two internationally renowned Universities within two hours’ drive.

Medical Council Registration 

Please be aware, if you are an overseas candidate that 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 that applicants have registered their professional credentials with EPIC at time of applying for this vacancy. 


Please visit the New Zealand Medical Council website for more details about this and the other requirements needed to be met toward gaining NZ Registration. 

Medical Council of New Zealand · Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa (mcnz.org.nz)

Enquires and Application Process 

Please apply for this vacancy online athttps://scdhb.careercentre.net.nz 

If you would like to discuss this role and or living in Timaru before you apply, please contact Catherine Robertson (Recruitment Specialist) crobertson@scdhb.health.nz 

Application Close:  Open until a suitable applicant is found.


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

Job no: LOAH3138304

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: OPEN