Orthopaedic Surgeon

Looking for that elusive balance between public hospital work, while managing to maintain an active personal life?


If you are an orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in hip and knee arthoplasty in particular then SCDHB / Timaru Hospital could well be the ideal place for you.


We have a genuinely rare chance for an Orthopaedic Surgeon to join our team of 4 colleagues who seem to have found that almost elusive combination of balanced work and personal time. Initially this can be a fixed term role for 3 -6 months, but could convert over into a permanent opportunity, so here is a chance to “try before you buy” potentially.


Based in the family friendly environment of Timaru with genuine ease of access to a host of outdoor activities (e.g. five ski fields, several lakes and mountains all within one to two hours drive) together with many outstanding local sporting facilities (some of international standard, like SCF Tennis Centre, Aorangi Park Sport Stadium, Timaru Motor Raceway, and CBay Aquatic Centre), there is truly something here for most to pursue or develop interests in outside of work.


Given this role could sit anywhere between 0.7FTE and Full Time, there is real scope to create the personal time to commit to other interests.


For a provincial coastal town, nothing is really far away (fifteen minutes to drive from one side of town to the other, and without traffic jams anywhere in between), and a common comment heard from those first visiting Timaru is “the town is much bigger than imagined”.  Yes, it is big enough to have the main facilities one would expect of a small city, but without most of the hassles (like overpriced property).


Professionally speaking we are looking for a generalist orthopaedic surgeon. You would be working in a facility with CT/MRI on site, in  an informal (almost extended family) atmosphere, alongside of colleagues who will be on your back to participate in outdoor pursuits, just in case you require challenges outside of the work environment.


Sound like your sort of team and work/lifestyle environment?


We think Timaru Hospital allows our clinicians a real chance to “have their cake and eat it too” so why not call and find out if that could be true for you.


We look forward to receiving your application directly via our Careers Site.

If you have any questions regarding this role please contact our Human Resource Adviser by phoning 03 687-2388.



Please be aware, if you are an overseas candidate that as of November 2017 The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) 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.



Fixed Term/Contract/Full Time

Job no: EYAP8136427

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: Open