Emergency Physician

South Canterbury DHB Emergency Department is looking for a NZ Registered/Registerable doctor with either emergency and/or rural hospital training experience to join our permanent staff. 


We are a 12-bed department, covering a wide range of emergency presentations, including trauma, with backup from inpatient teams including anaesthesia, paediatrics, mental health, surgical and internal medicine specialists.  The ED team is a tight-knit group, consisting of 7.61 FTE SMO’s 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. 


There is a degree of flexibility here in that we would ideally look at appointing the successful applicant on a part-time basis ranging from 0.5 to 0.7FTE commitment, (however we may consider anyone who has interest in up to Full-time hours). 


Engagement on a fixed term basis is also a potential option we may consider for the right person, (such as someone seeking a working holiday/sabbatical placement type arrangement).  Basically, please talk to us about your preference hour’s commitment wise.


A major advantage here is the roster has NO night shift and NO afterhours 'on call' requirement and operates on a 6-week cycle, thereby allowing a significant 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.  SCDHB has strong links with the University of Otago School of Medicine with opportunities for SMOs to become involved as Clinical Supervisors. 


Timaru Hospital is formally classified as a Level 2 Hospital with 130 beds offering a range of surgical, medical, obstetric, paediatric and mental health services.  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.


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.


Currently the South Canterbury region boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in NZ, thus optimising the potential opportunities across a range of professions for partners to also seek employment locally.


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

If you have any questions regarding this role please contact our Human Resource Department by phoning 03 687-2341.


Closing date: OPEN 2021


Please be aware, if you are an overseas candidate that the Medical Council of New Zealand requires the only recognised method of primary source verification 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 now compulsory and we therefore recommend that applicants have registered their professional credentials with EPIC. 


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


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

Job no: DIAP1137374

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: Open