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Surgical Registrar (immediate start available)

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. 


Mō te tūranga | About the role

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                                             
  • Neurosurgery                                                 
  • Colorectal        
  • Hepatobiliary pancreatic and Oesophagogastric
  • Acute Surgery                                                                              
  • 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. 


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.


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 the other University facilities.   You will also have access to the Health Research South team to guide you through research projects.
  • Clinical Lecturer Agreement with the 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 is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many 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 sort of sought after destinations on your doorstep, being part of the Dunedin surgical department is not a time you’ll forget.


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.


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

For further information please contact Deb McDonald, email


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • New employees of Te Whatu Ora Southern will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes two doses and a booster dose of an approved vaccine. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster for any reason, please indicate this in your cover letter so we can discuss this with you further and establish if you meet any criteria for an exemption.
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks


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