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Surgical Registrar

Registrar – Surgical

Dunedin Hospital

Salary Band $109,045 - $203,500 + Kiwisaver


  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Great support for educational needs in a department with strong academic presence
  • Opportunity to live in a vibrant and scenic city with fantastic outdoor opportunities at your doorstep


Mō te tūranga | About the role

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 Surgery
  • Acute Surgical
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plastics
  • Urology
  • Neurosurgery


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

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 an interest in surgery looking to pursue a surgical career or wanting some surgical experience to contribute to their career aspirations. Our surgical RMO management work closely with registrars to achieve career goals.
  • 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.


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

  • 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.
  • 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.


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 $109,045 - $203,500 dependant on relevant experience.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  04 October 2023


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
  • 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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