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Orthopaedic Surgeon - Spinal

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons - Spinal

  • Orthopaedic Department, Dunedin Hospital
  • Permanent 1.0 FTE
  • Salary: ASMS MECA 2022 (NZD 170,369 - 250,560)


Mō te tūranga | About the role
Are you looking for a better lifestyle and a workplace that is collaborative, progressive and passionate about learning? We are looking for an Orthopaedic Consultant with spinal experience as well as general orthopaedics  and trauma who is willing to influence, lead change within the department and bring their passion and commitment for acute, elective and outpatients care to the fore. Dunedin City also offers excellent lifestyles choices including multiple recreation opportunities, excellent public and private schools, affordable living and big city charm while remaining compact and easy to get around.


Mō mātou | About us
Piki Te Ora (Southern DHB) covers the largest geographical catchment of all the DHB’s in New Zealand. We proudly strive to provide top quality healthcare to our diverse patient population, and we are now growing! Dunedin Hospital is situated in the city centre and serves a large geographical catchment area. The hospital is a teaching hospital of the University of Otago and has all major specialties. The Orthopaedic Department is currently staffed by 13 part-time Surgeons, and a Fellow in addition to 8 Registrars and 4 House Officers. All orthopaedic subspecialties are covered. Southern DHB has 3 part time surgeons  with special interest in spines covering Southern DHB as well as  scoliosis surgery for all of the South Island.


We are seeking an orthopaedic surgeon with a minimum 12 month advanced fellowship training in a recognised spinal surgery unit. You will be required in providing all aspects of spinal surgery including on call paediatric and adult trauma and degenerative and deformity surgery.  It is expected you will have appropriate training in paediatric scoliosis as we provide this service to patients within the South Island. An interest in research is important but not exclusive.


Mōu ake | About you
The applicant should also be proficient in General Orthopaedics and trauma and the expected duties include:

  • Participation in a 1 in 11 on call roster.
  • Supervision of acute operating lists
  • Fracture clinics
  • Elective operating and outpatient clinics
  • A rural clinic
  • Support and leadership of junior medical staff and administrative duties
  • Participation in quality improvement, clinical audit activities and service development meetings and initiatives.


There are many opportunities for research within the department or in collaboration with the University. Equally as important will be your adaptability and, ideally, experience in clinical teaching.  Applicants must have Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics or an equivalent qualification, enabling specialist (vocational) registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

The commencement date is negotiable. Remuneration and conditions will be based on your experience, the ASMS MECA and the recently agreed departmental job size.


Utu whānui | Salary range
This role belongs to the ASMS Collective Agreement and falls between the Step 1 ($170,369) and Step 15 ($250,560 per annum pro rata) – dependant on prior experience and allowances in additional to this.


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date: Sunday 18 April 2023
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: Due to the nature of this role, we will not be able to accept agency candidates. 
For a job description or further information, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers with your CV. Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email:


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


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)
  • New employees of Te Whatu Ora Southern will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes two doses and a booster dose of an approved vaccine. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster for any reason, please indicate this in your cover letter so we can discuss this with you further and establish if you meet any criteria for an exemption.


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