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Theatre Suite Assistants - Perioperative

Theatre Suite Assistants – Perioperative Services

Dunedin Hospital


  • 3x Permanent Vacancies
  • 2x 1 FTE vacancy (40 hours per week)
  • 1x 0.9 FTE (36 hours per week)
  • Join our multidisciplinary team


Our fabulous team in the Perioperative Department is seeking a self-starter with a can-do attitude who would enjoy an action packed environment for a physically demanding roles as a Theatre Suite Assistant.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

 In this important role you’ll help with a range of tasks including:


  • Patient handling and transfers
  • Restocking and setting up of equipment
  • Collecting specimens and blood
  • Cleaning out theatre between cases
  • Other duties include relief for receptionist and more.


The Perioperative Department operates Monday to Sunday, 24/7. Your contribution to the unit will ensure that operations run to schedule and are well prepared so that our surgeons and clinical staff are able to perform their magic. The Theatre Suite Assistants work on 8-hour or 10-hour rostered shifts throughout a 24-hour period.


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Mōu ake | About you

As noted above, this is a physically demanding role, e.g. relocating beds/transferring of patients, and as the role title implies, the majority of your time will be spent in the main operating theatre. The team is supportive and friendly, and the opportunity to gain great job satisfaction is huge if you enjoy working at a fast pace. 


This position would suit someone (but is not restricted to) with existing hospital experience, however we’re happy to look wider.  Being computer literate is preferred, and full training of our systems and practices will be given.



Painga | Benefits



  • Beautiful coastlines and a family-friendly community.
  • Continuous support for career development.
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance.
  • Access to staff fitness facilities and banking offers
  • Access to a range of retail discounts and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).



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.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  3rd February 2023

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

For further information please contact Ben Kingsbury, Recruitment Advisor at and (03) 470 9081

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: All conversations will be confidential in nature.


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
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • 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.

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