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Registrar - Orthopaedics (commencing as soon as possible)

Registrar - Orthopaedics

Southland Hospital


Salary Band $140,741 - $211,100 + Kiwisaver + Carpark


  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Excellent support and opportunities for development through a high level of SMO contact and supervision
  • Close to some of New Zealand most famous national parks and ski fields 


Mō te tūranga | About the role

You’ll be part of a dedicated team providing comprehensive elective general orthopaedic services, as well as 24-hour Orthopaedic Trauma and Orthopaedic Emergency care.  You will also have the opportunity to undertake regular outpatient clinics in Queenstown.   There are 2 trainees and 4 non-trainee positions as well as a trauma senior house officer.


One year of accredited training at any level for RACS/NZOA trainees.  The opportunity to work in a modern facility and provide healthcare to a large geographical area, ensuring your exposure to a wide range of work.   The department has one hour registrar teaching and one hour general orthopaedic update session.   We have comprehensive weekly audit and x-ray meetings and discussions, patient case reviews, journal club and practical workshops are part of our regular teaching schedule.


The scope of your work will be varied and will include exposure to a range of subspecialties including:


  • Diverse and complex trauma from ski and mountain bike fields
  • Primary and revision joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder
  • Elective and trauma Paediatric surgery, hand surgery as well as general Orthopaedic cover


Mōu ake | About you

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand or 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
  • We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience, preferably including at least six months Orthopaedic experience.


It is 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 to allow your subsequent registration to be undertaken in a timely fashion. For more information, please visit MCNZ website re EPIC Credentialing.


Painga | Benefits

  • 24/7 access to the library, weekly teaching and Grand Rounds, journal clubs, regular RMO forums, and exposure to a range of presentations to the hospital – all of which will equip you with a broad skill base to serve you well as you progress in your career
  • Free meals when on duty
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Access to range of retail discounts
  • Free parking when on duty
  • Access to staff holiday homes in Fiordland and Central Otago


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.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role is covered by the terms and conditions of New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association & 20 DHB Multi Employer Collective 17 May 2021 – 31 March 2024 (NZRDA MECA) and Specialty Trainees of New Zealand and 20 District Health Boards Multi Employer Collective Agreement 14 December 2021 – 13 December 2023 (the STONZ MECA) and the salary will fall between $140,741 - $211,100 dependant on relevant experience.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  open

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


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.

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