Senior Dental Officer – Oral Surgery

Specialty: Dentistry, Hospital

Grading: Medical Officer

Number of positions: 1

Job Hours: Part-time

Required qualifications: About you This role is for an experienced practitioner. You will have a post-graduate qualification in Oral Surgery or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. As an outstanding team player, you will 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 whānau and is enthusiastic about teaching and passing on your knowledge to junior members of staff. You will be someone who sees hospital dentistry/public healthcare as a long-term fit. 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 eligible for the position, you must be registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.

Southland Hospital
Permanent 0.5 FTE, Part-time
Mō mātou – About us

Te Whatu Ora Southern covers the largest geographical catchment in New Zealand; Southland Hospital is our Secondary Hospital proudly providing top-quality healthcare to a population of 105,000 in the lower South Island. Our Dental team delivered 5300 hospital outpatient visits and 830 appointments in our Community Oral Health Service (COHS) clinics in 2019, plus managing ED presentations and dental treatment under GA. Being at the bottom of the country you might expect us to have small, outdated facilities; but we are proud of our modern hospital, constructed in 2004. Our Oral Surgery room was renovated in 2022, two of our dental clinics were renovated in 2020, and one in 2018.

About the role

You will be providing specialist diagnostic and surgical services relating to oral surgery, through a combination of outpatient clinics, sedation clinics, and inpatient work. This will include full dental clearances, wisdom teeth extractions, the management of oral lesions and cancers, temporomandibular joint disorders, and oro-facial infections, pain and trauma.

In this 0.5FTE (20 hour role) you will join a team of seven dentists based at Southland Hospital. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery support is provided by consultants and a registrar at the Faculty of Dentistry, who visit Southland Hospital monthly. You will be involved in the on-call roster, providing after-hours support for acute presentations. We are very well equipped with an electronic records system (Titanium), digital radiography, capnography monitoring for IV sedation, digital nitrous oxide machines, electric micromotors, rotary NiTi endodontics, and a soft tissue laser.

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 that you will soon come to see in the tight knit family feel amongst our staff at Southland Hospital.

Painga – Benefits:

Work life balance – Potential for a 0.8 – 1.0 FTE
Access to ski fields within three/four hours drive
Local beaches with world famous surfing
Amazing wildlife at your doorstep
Average commute time of 10-15 mins
University city with Medical School
Utu whānui – Salary range

This role belongs to the ASMS Collective Agreement and falls between the Step 1 ($170,369) and Step 15 ($250,560 per annum pro rata) – dependant on prior experience.

Rā mōnehu – Closing date: Friday, 27 January 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 a job description or further information, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers with your CV. Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email:

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 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

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.

To apply

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Vacancy contact details

Name: Agatha Chen

Position: Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers


Phone: (03) 470 9604