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Anaesthesia Senior House Officer (commencing January 2022)

Southern DHB is currently seeking applications from RMOs interested in working at Dunedin Hospital as  Anaesthesia Senior House Officers.


The Role

We are looking for two committed and enthusiastic candidates for our SHO positions in Anaesthesia.  The full appointment is for 12 months from January 2022 to January 2023 at Dunedin Hospital with 6 months working as an SHO in our busy and supportive Anaesthesia department with the remaining period being worked in rotations arranged with the RMO Unit to suit individual candidates – for example ICU.   The first candidate will start in Anaesthesia in January 2022 and the second in June 2022.


We are particularly interested in candidates who have a strong interest in Anaesthesia as a career.  These positions are considered a steppingstone towards the popular South Island Anaesthesia Training Scheme in the four-year ANZCA Training Programme.


You will receive direct consultant teaching daily as we support you in pre-assessing patients, administering anaesthesia to all ages, providing obstetric anaesthesia, and becoming an expert in resuscitation, technical skills and pain relief.  There is no on call component.


The Hospital

Dunedin Hospital is a tertiary level hospital of 400 beds located in central Dunedin, New Zealand, servicing the city of Dunedin and the wider Otago region.


Southern DHB (which encompasses Dunedin and Southland Hospital) has a strong collaborative relationship with the University of Otago, making a number of teaching and research options possible for those keen to pursue their academic careers whilst completing their clinical work.


The Location

A lifestyle that is hard to beat!  Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages.  Some of New Zealand’s most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance.  To find out more about living here please click the following link https://www.dunedinnz.com/



Candidates are required to have at least two years postgraduate experience and a strong interest in Anaesthesia.

  • You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand and be eligible for general or provisional general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.  You can check your eligibility for registration by visiting the Council’s website at www.mcnz.org.nz.
  • A current CV and cover letter.
  • Contact details for 3 Consultants we may contact directly for references. These Consultants will have supervised your day-to-day clinical work and one of the referees provided must be from your current or most recent employer. Please ensure you advise your referees of their nomination so they are aware they will be contacted by the Southern DHB.

Candidates who are not currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Council should be aware that it is a requirement of the NZ Medical Council that your qualifications are approved through EPIC. If you have a commitment to working in New Zealand it is highly recommended that you start this process as soon as possible to allow your subsequent registration to be undertaken in a timely fashion. For more information, please visit MCNZ website re EPIC Credentialing.


About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.


Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Why don’t you check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site.

Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)



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