General Medicine Physician / Clinical Director – Southland

Employer: Southern DHB

Specialty: General / Internal Medicine

Grading: Medical Officer

Number of positions: 1

Job Hours: 40

Required qualifications: Mōu ake - About you An outstanding team player, you'll have the energy and drive to make a positive difference with both patients and colleagues alike. You will need to be someone who is an excellent communicator and values their patient's culture and whanau and is enthusiastic about teaching and passing on your knowledge to junior members of staff. In addition to enjoying a diverse workload and an exceptional quality of life, you can look forward to a highly competitive pay rate and a culture where staff are included, valued and respected for their expertise. To be considered for this role you will need to be FRACP (or equivalent) holding a vocational registration with Medical Council of NZ. Due to the nature of this role, we will not be accepting applications from international candidates.

Southland Hospital

Permanent, full-time 1.0 FTE (0.8 Gen Med and 0.2 Clinical Director)
Southland Hospital, Southern DHB

Welcome to Southern DHB. Our DHB covers the largest geographical catchment of all the DHB’s in New Zealand; Southland Hospital is our DHB’s Secondary Hospital proudly providing top-quality healthcare to a population of 105,000 in the lower South Island. This provides us with some unique challenges, but also ensures that there is an enormous scope for the variety in the work available to a talented professional. Being at the bottom of the country you might expect us to have small, outdated facilities; but we are proud of our state-of-the-art hospital which was newly constructed in 2004.

Mō te tūranga – About the role

We are looking for a General Medicine Physician who is looking to also act in a clinial leadership capacity. We practice undifferentiated Internal Medicine here in Southland with a 38 bed medical ward and six bed critical care unit, covering the Southland, Queenstown and Te Anau regions. Sub-speciality support is provided predominantly by Dunedin Hospital, but we have a number of dual trained Physicians on site who work in both inpatient medicine and outpatient specialties. You would join a team of seven physicians sharing equally in the acute roster, providing both inpatient and outpatient services. There is ample opportunity to participate in our robust departmental teaching programme, and we have close links with the University of Otago with a number of students that train here. We are an accredited site for Basic and Advanced Physician training and provide an excellent training experience here in Internal Medicine. For physicians who are dual trained there is opportunity to accommodate and negotiate ongoing sub-speciality practice and we would be open to further discussions involving any specialty alongside Internal Medicine. This is truly an opportunity to practice General Medicine as it should be. We have a strong sense of team work here and have systems in place to ensure the inpatient workload is very manageable, especially in comparison to larger centres around New Zealand. The work life balance here is truly exceptional.

Waihōpai – About Invercargill

Located in the lower South Island of New Zealand, the people are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. There is space in abundance and plenty of recreational activities on your doorstep. Southland is home to two of New Zealand’s national parks offering opportunities for tramping, internationally acclaimed fishing and we have four ski fields are within easy driving distance. Weekends away on your doorstep can involve the city life of Dunedin, the wilderness of the Catlins, the natural beauty and outdoors of Fiordland, or the all year playground that is Queenstown. Recognised as an ideal place to raise a family we take great pride in our sense of community which you will soon come to see in the tight knit family feel amongst our staff at Southland Hospital.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB?If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site.

We will be screening applications before the closing date to ensure we can start interviewing once the role closes on Sunday, 30 May 2022 but this may be closed earlier.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your current clinical skills, we have a range of clinical roles, get in touch as there could be a place for you!

For a job description or to discuss further, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers with your CV. Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email:

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff prior to joining us.

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 to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff prior to joining us.

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Vacancy contact details

Name: Agatha Chen

Position: Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers


Phone: (03) 470 9604