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Emergency Department Registrar (immediate commencement)

Dunedin Hospital is seeking applicants for the position of Emergency Department Registrar.


Dunedin City in the South Island of New Zealand is a fantastic place to live. The city nestles into hills surrounding a picturesque harbour. Dunedin is known as the ‘Wildlife Capital of New Zealand’ and is famous for its beaches, penguins and sea lions. New Zealand’s oldest university and medical school are both located in Dunedin. Twenty five thousand students add to the flavour of Dunedin city.


The Role

The Dunedin ED is accredited for twelve months of advanced training time by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM). Our ED is accredited for rural/regional training and is a great place to meet the ACEM rural training time requirement. We are also accredited for the Paediatric Logbook component of training. The Dunedin ED has an ACEM exam preparation programme, an ACEM Examiner and a high pass rate for the College Primary and Fellowship exams. Dunedin Hospital has a range of other accredited Registrar positions (including ICU, anaesthetics, and medicine) that College trainees are able to rotate into in order to fulfil the requirements of training. Dunedin’s university offers papers that meet the criteria of the ACEM Trainee Research Requirement Coursework Pathway.

Most importantly, the Dunedin ED has a Rocket espresso machine in the staff room!


The Hospital

Dunedin Hospital is a tertiary level hospital of 350 beds and is located in the city centre. The Emergency Department sees 47,000 patients per year. Patient mix is broad and a full range of trauma, medical, surgical, paediatric and minor presentations are seen on a regular basis. Senior support is excellent, with one of the highest Consultant to Registrar ratios in the country. Registrars work on average approximately four days per week.



If you are a minimum of two years post-graduation, want to gain ED experience or advance a career in Emergency Medicine, and you feel like living in a vibrant and scenic city with great outdoor opportunities, then please apply!

  • 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
  • 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 so as 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 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
  • Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.  


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