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Rehabilitation Registrar (commencing January 2022)

Southern DHB is currently seeking applications from RMOs interested in working as a Rehabilitation Registrar in our ISIS ward in Dunedin. 


The Role

ISIS is a rehabilitation ward in Dunedin which is situated at the Wakari Hospital site. It functions as part of Dunedin Hospital, albeit on a separate site. We are seeking a talented Rehabilitation Registrar to join the team of dedicated health professionals as part of a job-share opportunity.  Whether you are already in training or looking to join the programme, we welcome expressions of interest from those who are keen to work in this area.


There are three consultants and the position is accredited by the AFRM-RACP for Advanced training in Rehabilitation Medicine and is a great place to learn, see and experience a number of aspects of Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke and General Rehabilitation Medicine.  The Consultants take a keen interest in assisting their staff participate in the training programme and support preparation for the associated training modules and examinations.


Working at ISIS will provide the successful candidate with a good opportunity for great exposure to patients requiring holistic rehabilitation as well as fantastic teaching experiences.  Medical staff at ISIS have great links with neuro-radiology and participate a weekly radiological session together with the neurosurgeons and neurologists from Dunedin Hospital. ISIS Medical Staff also participate in the neuroscience programme which also includes the Department of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychology.  Peer review meetings are held on a monthly basis and a Journal Club is held monthly with topics being presented in turn by the various sub-specialities. .


On-Call is shared with the consultants and generally 1:3 on-call from home for 1 week at a time from 08:00 to 23:00.


The Hospital

Dunedin Hospital is a tertiary level hospital of 350 beds and is located in the city centre. The Emergency Department sees 47,000 patients per year. Patient mix is broad and a full range of trauma, medical, surgical, paediatric and minor presentations are seen on a regular basis. Senior support is excellent, with one of the highest Consultant to Registrar ratios in the country. Registrars work on average approximately four days per week.



We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a keen interest in the area of Rehabilitation Medicine and have a minimum of 2 years post graduate medical experience. 


  • 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 www.mcnz.org.nz.
  • A current CV and cover letter.
  • Contact details for 3 Consultants we may contact directly for references. These Consultants will 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 the 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 https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Due to the fast-paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Do not delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

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 as a health care worker.  If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.  If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than the 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 December 2021.   

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