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ICU Registrar (12 months fixed term commencing January 2022)

Te Puna Wai Ora – Southern Critical Care


Southern DHB is currently seeking applications from RMOs interested in joining our intensive care team at Dunedin Hospital. We are looking for enthusiastic registrars, both with previous intensive care experience and without.

Dunedin is a vibrant university town with stunning countryside nearby including the Otago Peninsula, and many beautiful beaches. The city provides a perfect launch pad for forays into the lower South Island, including walking and skiing in the Southern Alps, and visits to Central Otago Wineries.


The Role

Southern Critical Care is mixed medical and surgical intensive care unit which provides exposure to trauma, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, and some paediatric intensive care. The unit acts as a tertiary referral centre for the 330,000 people living in the lower South Island. We have a busy aeromedical retrieval team involved in both inter hospital and prehospital transport, predominantly by helicopter. The unit has recently been refurbished and a state of the art 22 bed-space unit is scheduled to open this year.


Our consultant and senior nursing staff are dedicated to providing high quality registrar education. We provide a five day orientation programme covering both critical care and aeromedical retrieval. Registrars attend weekly seminar based education and fortnightly simulation sessions. In house echocardiography and ultrasound teaching is also available. We also offer a number of courses (link: https://dunedin.icu/courses) locally including BASIC, RACEplus and advanced critical care echocardiography courses, and 4i.


Feedback on the job from recent registrars:

“Excellent consultant supervision and bedside teaching”

”Really felt supported during my time in the unit and never any problems calling for help whatever the hour”

 “Best teaching and commitment to teaching by a long way compared to other departments I have worked in”

“Echo teaching sessions have been invaluable, have already changed my practice”


The Hospital

Dunedin 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. Statistical support is available for those wishing to complete a project as part of training (eg. the ACEM 4.10 requirement).


The unit is accredited for Foundation training in intensive care medicine by CICM, as well as for ACEM critical care and RACP basic training. The run also provides invaluable experience for surgical registrars particularly prior to application for RACS training schemes.



We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience.  We are also interested in hearing from more experienced critical care registrars with 6 months or more of anaesthetics or intensive care experience.

  • 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 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 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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