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House Officer (PGY1) (immediate commencement)

First Year House Officer


Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern New Zealand


We are seeking applications from RMO’s interested in a First Year House Officer position at Dunedin Hospital with an immediate commencement.   

Suitable applicants must have clinical experience/observership within a New Zealand health setting.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

With a hospital small enough to give you hands-on specialist-led experience, yet big enough to learn through an internationally renowned research partnership, your career opportunities are limitless. We are looking for RMO’s who want to level up, grow their areas of interest, and work with specialists who know their name!


We have several opportunities available for House Officers who are seeking a Southern lifestyle. 


Teaching and training are important to us here in Dunedin and that is why our RMOs have a protected session every week.  In addition, there are several other regular activities that House Officers can join in on.  Whether it is the regular House Officer Education sessions or the journal clubs, X-ray meetings or rounds from the various services; there is always something happening.

Depending on your interest, we have several runs available. These include:


Medical Oncology



Ophthalmology / Neurology




Cardiothoracic Surgery




General Surgery including Urology and Vascular

General Medicine


Older Peoples Health




Mōu ake | About you

As noted above, applicants must have had experience within a New Zealand Health setting and be eligible for, or already hold, registration in New Zealand with Medical Council of New Zealand.

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

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 be 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.


Painga | Benefits

  • Free meals when on duty
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Access to range of retail discounts

Life outside of the hospital is just as opportunity-filled – there is always an adventure waiting for you at the end of your shift. We are surrounded by the dream combination of mountains, beaches, and snow. In the city the activities are just as varied – being a student region there is always something going on. This combination plus the lack of commute makes for a fantastic work life balance here.


Mō mātou | About us

Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. 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.


Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website:

If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern , please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Deb McDonald, email


Pre-Employment checks

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

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks

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