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Medical Registrar

Medical Registrar

Southland Hospital


Southern DHB is currently seeking applications from RMOs interested in joining the team at Southland Hospital as a Medical Registrar.


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 nuture 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.


The Hospital


Southland Hospital is a 180+ bed, secondary level 4 base hospital situated in Invercargill, New Zealand.  It is one of the most modern Hospitals in the country. The medical ward has approximately 40 beds. The Hospital services a population of around 108,000 throughout Invercargill, Queenstown, Gore, Stewart Island and rural Southland.

You will get one week’s free accommodation to help with the relocation process, free parking and free meals while on duty.


The Location


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. Southern DHB has a number of staff holiday homes in Fiordland and Central Otago that can be utilised also. Southland is also a very family friendly place with a wide range of recreation options for families and fantastic educational facilities for all ages.

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Whilst we are interested in receiving applications from those with Medical Registrar experience, RMO's with a minimum of one years’ post qualification experience and good exposure to general medical runs can 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
  • 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, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster vaccine against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff

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