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House Officer (PGY2+)

Life in NZ is paradise. Life in Southern New Zealand is even better.


With hospitals 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’re looking for Doctors who want to level up, grow their areas of interest, and work with specialists who know their name.


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


We have a number of opportunities available for House Officers who are seeking a Southern lifestyle.  You will have a minimum of one year post graduate medical experience in and be eligible for, or already hold, registration with Medical Council of NZ.


Teaching and training is important to us here in Dunedin and that is why our RMOs have a protected session every week.  In addition, there are a number of 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 a number of runs available for you to work in.  These include:


Medical Oncology



Ophthalmology / Neurology




Cardiothoracic Surgery




General Surgery including Urology and Vascular

General Medicine


Older Peoples Health



While the above runs are available each quarter, we also have several 6 month runs available as well. If your interest lies in these specialties, please indicate your preferences in your cover letter.   If we don’t hear from you, we will assume you are applying for a general role.  The runs are:


  • ED
  • O&G
  • Paediatrics


Note that 6 months runs will occur January to July and July to January.



As noted above, you will have at least one years’ postgraduate experience and be eligible for, or already hold, registration in New Zealand with Medical Council of NZ.

  • 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


Please note that your application must contain the following:

  • Up to date electronic copies of your CV and cover letter
  • Contact details for three Consultants we may contact directly for references.  These Consultants should 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 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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