ECHO Cardiologist

Employer: Southern DHB

Specialty: Cardiology

Grading: Medical Officer

Number of positions: 1

Job Hours: full-time

Required qualifications: About you Appointed specialists will possess the FRACP or an equivalent qualification allowing a vocational registration with the NZ Medical Council. The Southern DHB recruitment team are able to provide support in applying for registration. Applications from overseas Physicians are welcome and a start date will be negotiated with registration and immigration requirements taken into consideration.

Permanent, 1.0 FTE full-time
About Southern District Health Board

We have a fantastic opportunity an ECHO Cardiologist position within a progressive department that is affiliated with the University of Otago. This is a permanent, 1.0 FTE, 40 hours per week, with a full on call component position which we envisage starting from September 2022. Our cardiology service welcomes applications for the position starting as soon as possible, there is also room for flexibility with us to negotiate the hours of work and length of employment with successful applicant if you wish to.Our DHB covers the largest geographical catchment of all the DHB’s in New Zealand. We deliver to a population of approximately 329,000 people over the Otago and Southland regions, through two main centres, Dunedin and Invercargill. We proudly provide top quality healthcare to our population.

About the role

Joining us would mean sharing clinical responsibility for the Echocardiography service provided by the Southern District Health Board at both Dunedin and Invercargill Hospitals.

The appointee is expected to be the following:

Proficient in the performance and interpretation of standard adult transthoracic Echocardiography, dobutamine/exercise stress echo testing and adult transoesophageal echocardiography including for interventional procedures Reporting of adult echos is required to ensure all adult echos in the DHB are formally reported
Expertise in performance and interpretation of echoes for paediatric patients and adult patients withcongenital heart disease would confer an advantage
Experience with new echocardiographic technology such as strain imaging and 3D echocardiography is required
This role will see you participate in the rostered leadership of the on call Cardiology team. Our cardiology service operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year. All of our physicians will be expected to provide a reasonable and equal share of annual leave cover for colleagues in this service for periods of up to two weeks duration. There is an expectation, as part of this position, that Physicians by mutual agreement will be available to take a Rural Clinic (if required) within the Southern District Health Board district. Hours of work (full-time FTE) are expected to average 40 hours / week plus three hours / week for out of hour’s duties (over the duration of a roster) including time spent on duty during weekends. An annual job size exercise can be requested.Service provision will include equal participation in the after hour roster for weeknights and weekends.

Additionally you will take part in the general cardiology roster covering acute cardiology/CCU, and in-hospital consultations. You will also provide outpatient clinics both on-site and off-site at regional and rural hospitals, supervision and reporting of diagnostic services (exercise stress testing, Holter monitors, ambulatory blood pressure monitors etc,) and triaging of echocardiography laboratory requests. Implicit is the teaching and training of medical students, house officers and registrars.

About the service

You will be joining a team of eight other Cardiologists providing a full cardiology service to the patients of the DHB with the exception of EP studies and heart transplantation.

Our Cardiology Department at Dunedin Hospital is situated in a city centre and serves a large geographical catchment area. The hospital has 350 inpatient beds and servesas a teaching and training institution of the University of Otago and has all major specialties. Dunedin provides tertiary level care in neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery and the region is well served by an excellent helicopter retrieval service.

We have strong links with the Dunedin School of Medicine, the University of Otago, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons Integrated Training Program site.

About Dunedin

Dunedin is a great little city with a big town feel and vibrancy due to being a University town. If you’re considering a move down South feel free to come and talk to us about the job, the good schools, the University of Otago, and the recreational potential which Dunedin and its surrounds possess.

We will be screening applications before the closing date to ensure we canstart interviewingonce the rolecloses on Friday, 8 July 2022 but this may be closed earlier.

For further information or for a job Description, please contact Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers, phone +64 3 470 9604 or

Pre-employment checks

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

Occupational health assessment
Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update toCOVID-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.

To apply

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Vacancy contact details

Name: Agatha Chen

Position: Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers


Phone: (03) 470 9604