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Paediatric Registrar (6 month fixed term)

Paediatric Registrar

Dunedin Hospital


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


The Role

The values of the SDHB, Kind – Manaakitanga, Open – Pono, Positive – Whaiwhakaaro, and Community – Whanaungatanga, reflect the essence of the people in Dunedin and Otago. You’ll find us friendly and welcoming, and your multi-disciplinary team caring and supportive.

This role is split to provide diverse opportunities in both general Paediatrics and Neonatal care, within a busy and supportive service. The Paediatric roles include both inpatient care in a Children’s Unit housed in new facilities and outpatient clinics where you’ll be exposed to a range of clinical presentations. In addition to this there are multiple visiting outpatient clinics from quaternary services (such as Starship cardiology, respiratory and nephrology, along with genetics (Wellington), gastroenterology, neurology, paediatric surgery and urology (Christchurch)) to optimise learning opportunities and exposure. Registrars are involved in acute assessment of children in both the Paediatric Assessment Unit and Emergency Department settings.


Dunedin Hospital has a Level 3 NICU providing care for neonates from 23 weeks gestation, as well as the opportunity to be part of a team involved in neonatal retrievals and transports. As a registrar you will be provided with extensive orientation, along with multiple weekly teaching opportunities and a high level of supportive Consultant supervision.


We are a training site for RACP trainees (both advanced and basic) and have very strong link with RACP. The department is highly supportive of registrars sitting their RACP written and clinical exams, which includes supporting registrars to attend appropriate exam preparatory courses and regular teaching sessions. We also support registrars sitting exams to attend visiting specialist outpatient clinics. Over the last few years the Department has run a Mock Clinical Exam for Trainees prior to the RACP clinical exam (this is often also attended by Trainees who are thinking of sitting in the following year). We have supportive Advanced Trainees who are happy to give exam advice, run teaching sessions or listen to long cases. We have Consultants who are/have been RACP clinical examiners - who are available for advice and feedback. In the previous years, our department has had high pass rates for trainees sitting both the RACP written and clinical exams.


We also have very strong link with the University of Otago Medical School. As a registrar you can become an honorary clinical lecturer which gives you access to the University Library resources and this can go on your CV. There is an expectations that you will assist in supporting medical students and will be able to take up other academic opportunities, including research, for those have an interest in these areas. Multiple current and past trainees are enrolled in or have completed PhD’s and Masters degrees.


The Hospital

Dunedin Hospital is a tertiary level hospital of 350 beds located in central Dunedin, New Zealand, servicing the city of Dunedin and the wider Otago region, and for neonatology looking after Southland as well.

Southern DHB (which encompasses Dunedin and Southland 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.


The Location

A lifestyle that is hard to beat! Dunedin is a wonderful city for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages. Due to the large University the city has many services and opportunities for entertainment far beyond most cities of a similar size. Dunedin’s culture is woven from the old and the new – a mix of heritage and innovation, history and creativity. You’ll find a busy café and restaurant scene amongst street art, heritage buildings and a lively night-life. Dunedin is a UNESCO City of Literature and the best of international musical acts come to you.


From Dunedin you’ll have easy access to incredible adventures, with ski-fields, mountains, forests, lakes and ocean all within an easy drive. Queenstown, New Zealand’s most popular tourist town, is just over 3 hours away by car. Locally, the opportunity for wildlife encounters and recreational activities are right at your doorstep. To find out more about living here please click the following link



  • You’ll be an RACP trainee registrar (or working towards this), or a non-trainee registrar with an interest in working in Child Health.
    We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience and some experience working in a Children’s Health role.
  • 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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