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Registrars - Surgical (commencing as soon as possible)

Surgical Registrar


Changing the future of New Zealand Health


  • Immediate commencement
  • Permanent and fixed term available


Join us as part of a team working across a range of surgical specialties and subspecialties, in Dunedin city, home to Otago Medical School and the lively University of Otago. Here you will be exposed to several runs which include tertiary level caseloads. 


The opportunity to provide healthcare to a large geographical area, ensuring your exposure to a wide range of work.  Great support for educational needs, including weekly teaching, case discussions, journal clubs, and peer review sessions. In a department that has a strong academic presence, opportunities for successful candidates will be far and wide, and will involve the ability to undertake research as part of training.


  • General Surgery                                               
  • Colorectal                                                         
  • Hepatobiliary pancreatic and Oesophagogastric
  • Acute Surgical
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Plastics
  • Urology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Reliever


There is also the possibility of rotations to:


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery (one Registrar every six months)
  • ICU (one Registrar every six months)


We have a unionised after-hours roster in place, with 21 registrars on the rotation.   The runs available will depend on the start date of the successful candidate. 


We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience and who possess a strong surgical interest.    


Painga | Benefits

  • Free meals when on duty
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Access to range of retail discounts
  • You are entitled to use the University Library facilities including remote access online resources  Where appropriate and agreed with the Head of Department, you may be able to access relevant subsidised University papers; research facilities and support; and other University facilities.  You will also have access to the Health Research South team to guide you through research projects.
  • Clinical Lecturer Agreement with University of Otago (unpaid contract)


The teaching work carried out by the medical staff of Southern is highly valued and appreciated by the School of Medicine. Duties and responsibilities include participating in and facilitating the teaching, assessment, and mentorship of medical students.


A lifestyle that is hard to beat!  Dunedin has a lot to offer everyone, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and a variety of recreational activities available for all ages.  Some of New Zealand’s most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance. 


Dunedin Hospital offers opportunities to travel and combine work and leisure across the Southern District, including to the picturesque Queenstown and Central Otago region. With these sorts of sought-after destinations on your doorstep, being part of the Dunedin surgical department is not a time you’ll forget.


Mōu ake | About you

We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience and who possess a strong surgical interest. 


We welcome expressions of interest from RMO's with less than two years' experience who are intending to apply for the 2024 training year.   Please make note of this in your application.


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

Overseas applicants that are successful in securing a role will receive assistance with the process of the Medical Council Registration by our recruitment team.

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.


Closing Date: open


Tono ināianei | Apply now

For further information please contact Deb McDonald, Recruitment Advisor,

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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