General Physician

We consider ourselves lucky to have a tight knit team of Physicians who enjoy being part of a well-run department, supported by keen RMO's eager to learn, along with great Nurses and Allied Health staff who ensure the ward and patients receive the care and attention they deserve.

Our Physicians have discovered the secret of maintaining an enviable work/life balance coming to work and live in Timaru.

Our service may be small by many standards, but it is certainly big on teamwork, camaraderie, (including regular after-hours socialising), and clinical challenge in a true generalist sense. 

We serve 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 A&E, ICU/CCU, General, Orthopaedic, & ENT Surgery, O&G, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Geriatrics, Oncology & Palliative Care, plus of course Internal Medicine.

With a 1:6 weekend On Call roster commitment and regular time scheduled off the ward, (combined with the potential to negotiate to take on the role on a part-time basis if so desired), our team think they have the mix about right.

Currently our team have sub-specialist interests which cover Neurology, Respiratory, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, & Cardiology. With South Canterbury’s aging population base, we also have a significant element of geriatric related medicine forming a part of our practice. As such we are equally keen to expand this range to include other Subspecialty interests within Internal Medicine, (as much as we would welcome additional support in any one of our existing fields). 

And when not working, the opportunities literally on the doorstep for perusing recreational interests, (such as Skiing, Fishing, Sailing, and a host of other pastimes almost too numerous to mention), are second to none. It isn’t unusual to hear when people first arrive in Timaru and start experiencing the true lifestyle on offer, the most common reaction is almost one of disbelief that you can have it so good and all so convenient.

Why not experience that for yourself, become re-engaged in your passion for General Medicine while having the personal time and access to a life outside of clinical commitments that allows one to truly relax and enjoy family and friends.  

We think you would find that Timaru ticks many boxes (including some you possibly didn't realize you wanted).

You will of course need to be Vocationally Registered (or eligible to become Vocationally Registered) with the Medical Council of NZ in Internal Medicine to be considered for this position.

If you have any questions regarding this role please contact Human Resources by phoning 03 687-2230.


Please be aware, if you are an overseas candidate The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) has introduced a new method of primary source verification 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/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: LPAL0137271

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: Open