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Medical Registrar (commencing January 2023)

Medical Registrar


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


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Southland Hospital Department of Medicine is fully staffed with New Zealand trained General Physicians, many of whom are also qualified in various subspecialties. All medical patients are admitted to General Medicine, unlike larger hospitals where some patients are siphoned off to specialty inpatient teams. This ensures excellent breadth and depth of exposure to a wide range of medical conditions. We maintain the care for acutely unwell patients including those requiring ICU admission, which means that advanced trainees can satisfy the high acuity requirement of their training by doing General Medicine at Southland, rather than having to do a separate high acuity run.


We will upskill you in managing non-invasive ventilation, administering Thrombolysis therapy, and pleural procedures as we offer a truly all-encompassing General Medicine experience.  We operate on a six-team model so each team is on call one day per week. We also have a robust system for dividing workload of acute patients, and generally limit the post take ward round numbers to a maximum of 10 patients to ensure a better experience for patients and their medical teams. The acute workload is not onerous and ensures a quality training experience and consistently desirable job satisfaction.


There is opportunity for exposure to ambulatory work within the onsite subspecialties provided by the dual trained General Physicians which include Cardiology, Respiratory, Endocrinology, Nephrology and Gastroenterology. All other medical subspecialties are covered by visiting consultants from Dunedin Hospital, and there is ample time and opportunity to nurture any subspecialty interests amongst trainees alongside their General Medicine experience.


We have a comprehensive high-quality in-house education programme which involves weekly journal club, morbidity and mortality meetings, x-ray conferences, and case presentations.  There is formal regional registrar teaching every Thursday afternoon aimed at preparing trainees for the FRACP written examination. The teaching programme is well attended by registrars who are consistently able to attend due to the very manageable workloads. We also have an onsite medical library.


Southland Hospital is accredited for two years of basic training and one year of advanced training. We have a superb track record with getting trainees successfully through both written and clinical exams.  We are an FRACP clinical examination venue and have FRACP examiners on site within the department.


The consultant team is very friendly and supportive and able to cater on an individual basis for trainees at every level of training from first year registrars up to those about to become Consultants. We can provide a truly superior, high quality General Medicine training experience. In combination with enviable work life balance, this makes for a very attractive medical registrar position


Mōu ake | About you

We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience and who possess a strong surgical interest.

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


Painga | Benefits

  • Free meals when on duty
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Access to range of retail discount
  • Access to staff holiday homes in Fiordland and Central Otago
  • Free parking when on duty

To top it off is a lifestyle that is hard to beat!  Southland is a wonderful place to live with many activities available for all ages.  Some of New Zealand’s most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance.  In just two hours you can be at the slopes of Queenstown, the great walks of Fiordland, or enjoying a slice of bigger city life in Dunedin.  Invercargill is a great base from which to explore all that Southern New Zealand has to offer. Southland is also a very family friendly place with a wide range of recreation options for families and fantastic educational facilities for all ages.


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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