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General Oncologist / General Physician - Oncology

Employer South Canterbury DHB
Workplace Timaru Hospital
Specialty Medical Oncology
Term Permanent
Grading Medical Officer
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date Open
Employer South Canterbury DHB Workplace Timaru Hospital
Specialty Medical Oncology Term Permanent
Grading Medical Officer Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date Open

Job description

Does Medical Oncology Interest You?
“Best of both worlds”

There are many roads to the best of both worlds, our generalist SMO’s can and do tend to come from many career pathways and this role in Medicine Oncology will be no exception, (i.e. you could equally be a Generalist Physician with an interest in Oncology, or you could be a Specialist General Oncologist).

There is a lot of talk about work/life balance but our Specialist Medical Staff in particular will tell you that, here in Timaru, you truly can have the best of both worlds.

You’ll find significant professional challenge in the breadth of the ‘generalist’ nature of our Oncologist role, covering both inpatients and outpatients effectively, while supporting and promoting best practice across both primary & secondary care colleagues seeking to tap into your clinical expertise.

Maintaining close association with neighbouring DHB’s Oncology Services will be an essential expectation (both in terms of enabling your professional collegial support networks, plus ensuring SCDHB isn’t out of step with regional approaches as appropriate). Despite these demands, the position will still allow plenty of time to enjoy life outside of work too, as the workload is considered to be realistic.

As a clinical growth area, SCDHB has identified the need to inject genuine resource into this critical aspect of medicine, in order to bolster our existing SMO team and offer all of our local patients the care and attention they deserve. We have a highly skilled and strong SMO community across all disciplines, which we would describe as being a very passionate team, proud of their profession and well recognized for the services they provide locally.

Here is a rare opportunity to create and design the future of our Oncology service within your role and the wider team. We are open to innovative approaches due to this being a new position, so your challenge is to make a real concrete difference on behalf of our patients.

Timaru is an easy place to live, family friendly and with easy access to an astounding array of outdoor activities – beaches, ski fields, lakes and mountains. When it comes to public amenities you are spoiled for choice with some first-rate cafes/restaurants, arts, tennis, aquatic, sporting venues all within the town boundary. Nothing is far away, traffic jams are basically unheard of, property is still relatively affordable and educational facilities and options superb.

Don’t just take our word for it, for more information about Timaru have a look at the following website and if you’re still feeling unsure, here’s a great video clip to help make your decision easier

Sound like your sort of team and work/lifestyle environment?

We think Timaru Hospital allows our Clinicians a real chance to enjoy the best of both worlds, so make sure you don't miss out on this rare chance, apply now online at

We look forward to receiving your application directly via our Careers Site.
If you have any questions regarding this role please contact our HR Team by phoning +64 3 687 2230.

Closing date: OPEN

Please be aware, if you are an overseas candidate that the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) 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.

Qualifications required

Generalist Physician - Oncology, Specialist General Oncologist
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