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Registrar - Rural Hospital or ACEM (fixed term until January 2024)

Registrar - Rural Hospital Medicine or ACEM - Fixed Term (October 2022 - January 2024)

Lakes District Hospital, Queenstown

Salary Band –  $113,007 - $162,100  + Kiwisaver


  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Exciting opportunity to live in the adventure capital of the world


Mō te tūranga | About the role


Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital has the exciting opportunity to hire two fixed term 0.85 FTE Registrars to care to our community.   Competitive salary in line with MECA


At Lakes District Hospital you’ll be part of a team of 13 rural hospital doctors/FACEMs, 3 registrars and a house surgeon. In our rural ED we see a variety of adult and paediatric medicine. Trauma makes up 40-50% of our ED presentations. Our in-patients constitute a mix of general medicine, geriatrics, paediatrics, mental health, non-operative surgical and orthopaedics, rehabilitation medicine and palliative care. The role is ED based, but this is a small hospital where we all help each other and that may involve helping the ward at times. We also provide emergency back-up for the on-site Lakes primary birthing unit and Community Mental Health Team. We are a teaching centre for Rural Immersion undergraduate Medical Students and are accredited for RHM and 6 months of Rural and Remote Skills for ACEM trainees. 


Queenstown Lakes District has a permanent, rapidly growing, population of 30,000 and a large visitor population. Lakes District Hospital consists of 10 General Medical beds, five Maternity beds, Emergency Department and a small out-patient department. There are no on-site speciality teams. Those who require urgent specialist care are transferred by road or helicopter to Invercargill or Dunedin. We work closely with St Johns, the Otago Trust Rescue Helicopter and the Dunedin ICU Retrieval service to navigate patient transfers. We have onsite Radiology, including a CT Scanner, access to an off-site Laboratory services and a limited supply of O negative blood. In this role you will work in the Emergency Department, where we see close to 16,000 patients a year.



Mōu ake | About you

You will need to PGY3 or more and be keen to be exposed to the exciting opportunities afforded by a rural health care facility in the adventure capital of New Zealand.   This is includes hands on experience in orthopaedics and trauma, transfer and logistics and complex medical patients.  There is an opportunity to co-ordinate your training rotation with Dunstan hospital (RHM) and Dunedin and Invercargill Emergency Departments (ACEM). Key personal skills for this job are being a good team worker, flexible, hardworking and good at problem solving.


Painga | Benefits

This is an accredited training position for RHM and ACEM working 10 hours shifts on MECA compliant roster. Queenstown needs no introduction, whatever your interest or preferred pastime you will find the opportunity to indulge it here. It is located close to some of New Zealand’s best national parks, vineyards, mountain biking and ski fields. You will be part of an active, friendly and highly skill team, and experience a fast-paced rural hospital environment. Our SMOs provide weekly teaching as well opportunities to learn from visiting specialists, peer review and M&M


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 $113,007 - $162,100  dependant on relevant experience.



Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  open


Tono ināianei | Apply now

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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
  • Covid-19 Vaccination is expected for all Workers at higher risk of workplace exposure to COVID-19 through face-to-face patient interaction, working in clinical areas and contact with potentially infectious materials and surfaces.


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