Paediatrician Locum(s) - Te Whatu Ora - South Canterbury


Pediatrician Locum(s)

Te Whatu Ora–South Canterbury

Timaru Hospital - South Island, New Zealand

Locum - Flexible FTE/Hours (to cover planned leave)

An opportunity exists at Timaru Hospital, where you’ll enjoy a semi-autonomous role, with our three other general paediatricians, developing a greater community focus all the while supported by excellent hospital infrastructure.

Paediatric Service at Timaru Hospital

The work involves general paediatrics in its broadest sense – from neonates to adolescents, with a large outpatient focus.  This is a ‘hands on’ role and inpatient numbers are small.

With no registrars, we have junior doctors who are inspired to learn alongside a trainee intern.  You will work closely with a small Child Development Team and get to know community providers well.  You’ll be joining a team of skilled professionals, motivated to make a difference, while being supported by good clinical systems, including high standards of obstetric cover.

Call commitments involve 1 or 2 nights a week with 11 weekends per year.  Neonatal care is delivered in a Level 1 unit with 2 high dependency cots for stabilisation prior to transfer. We have recently built a Transitional Care Unit that offers 5 transitional care rooms for mum and baby. We have aspirations to increase this capability over the next few years.  Our paediatric ward has been recently refurbished to offer 8 beds.  There is excellent tertiary support for the majority of paediatric sub-specialities within 2 hours drive.

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 back-ground.  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.

Free parking and an easy commute to work really helps with true work life balance! 

Watch this video to learn how this moment is yours!

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

Enquires and Application Process 

Please apply for this vacancy online at 

If you would like to discuss this role,  please contact Catherine Robertson on




Apply now

Permanent, Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: KRAK3138275

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: Sunday, 31 March 2024