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Employer South Canterbury DHB
Workplace South Canterbury DHB
Specialty Anaesthesia
Term Permanent
Grading Medical Officer
Hours per week 36
Commencement date Open
Application closing date Open
Employer South Canterbury DHB Workplace South Canterbury DHB
Specialty Anaesthesia Term Permanent
Grading Medical Officer Commencement date Open
Hours per week 36 Application closing date Open

Job description

Timaru is often considered to be a well-kept secret by those in the know (well that is what many of our more recent SMO appointees have told us).

It seems our collegiality supportive and well run DHB has a tendency to fly under the radar, as we simply get on with the job of providing our patients the best care with the minimum of fuss, and our Anaesthetic team is no exception.

Our team of ten actively service four theatres, an Obstetric Unit (averaging 590 births per year), and a combined Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit, all with the assistance of Anaesthetic Technicians and skilled Theatre, DPS and ICU Nursing staff.

The Department is also responsible for Acute and Persistent Pain Services in conjunction with Clinical Nurse Specialists, so a subspecialist interest in this area or in ICU would be viewed as beneficial, but of course generalist anaesthetic skills are what is most important to us.

We may be small in size, but not unlike NZ generally, we have a tendency to punch above our weight in performance measures, plus we hold a solid reputation across our community, who value our services.
The sense of community and belonging is reflected in-house as much as it is a part of the local landscape, and what a landscape we have, with every sporting and outdoor interest almost literally on our doorstep, providing genuine ease of access.

And yes, with a 1:8 on-call expectation, plus the option of working either part-time 0.9FTE or full-time, you will have the time off to be able to take full advantage of the lifestyle on offer, which includes access to great schools, affordable housing and a low crime rate, making Timaru the place for young families who crave a family friendly environment with the opportunity to enjoy it together.

There is also scope to consider engaging in some Private Practice with the local Bidwill Trust Private Hospital, which a number of our existing team have a professional association with.

But don’t take our word for it, come and experience for yourself what the rest of our SMO’s already have discovered and value …we think it’s a secret worth sharing with the right Anaesthetist. Is that You?

To learn more about life in Timaru, watch this video:

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We look forward to receiving your application directly via our Careers Site. If you have any questions regarding this role please contact Human Resources by phoning 03 687 2230.

Closing date: OPEN 2019.

Qualifications required

Please be aware, if you are an overseas candidate, that the Medical Council of
New Zealand has introduced a new method of primary source verification using the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates’ Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (ECFMG’s EPIC) service. Being certified through EPIC is now compulsory, and we therefore recommend that applicants have registered their professional credentials with EPIC:

Please visit the MCNZ website for more details about these changes and the other requirements needed to be met toward gaining NZ registration:
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Name Human Resources
Phone 03 687 2230
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