Orthopaedic Surgeon

Orthopaedic Surgeon - Generalist Role 

Timaru Hospital, South Island, New Zealand 

Right now, we have a vacancy for an Orthopedic Surgeon  to join the team 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.

Orthopaedic Department at Timaru Hospital

The team of five surgeons actively service the 131-bed hospital and are supported by 3 Registrars (1 training) who take the first call during normal business hours and some weekends.

The department is supported by an interdisciplinary team approach, including physiotherapy services, with parallel clinics and in house hand therapy. A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) supports case management across the service, undertaking orthopaedic nurse led clinics, arthroplasty monitoring and complex casting support.  Elective list management and acute case scheduling is also managed by the Clinical Nurses Specialist-Orthopedics.  

Orthopaedic Specialist Role

This is a generalist position and the person in the role will be required to undertake upper and lower limb procedures, general orthopaedic trauma and have the ability to undertake hip and knee arthroplasty.  The work environments include theatre and out-patient clinics.   

The position is part time or full time (let us know your preference) and works during the normal business hours of work between 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.  The after-hours roster frequency is 1:5-1:6, to provide cover outside of the normal hours of work, at weekends and on Public Holidays. 

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 background.  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. There primary and secondary educational facilities are superb and there are two internationally renowned Universities within two hours’ drive North and South from Timaru.  Here's what's on offer: https://southcanterbury.org.nz/

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 athttps://scdhb.careercentre.net.nz 

Applications are Open until a suitable candidate is found.

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


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Permanent, Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: ERAM4138407

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: Open