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Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon

Employer Southern DHB
Workplace Southern District Health Board
Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date Open
Employer Southern DHB Workplace Southern District Health Board
Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date Open

Job description

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon
• Orthopaedic Department, Southland Hospital
• 0.8 FTE (32 hours per week plus on call roster)

About Southern District Health Board
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 Being at the bottom of the country you might expect us to have small, outdated facilities; but we are proud of our state-of-the-art hospital which was newly constructed in 2004 and has PACS digital radiology, MRI, CT, and the iSOFT patient management system.

About the Role
Joining our Orthopaedic team, currently staffed by 5 part-time and 1 full time Surgeon, our Service covers most Orthopaedic subspecialties, other than scoliosis surgery, and dedicates the entirety of Wednesday morning to teaching and case review.

We are seeking an orthopaedic surgeon who should have an interest and fellowship experience in Spinal Surgery, though the applicant should also be proficient in General Orthopaedics and trauma and the expected duties include:

• Participation in a 1 in 6 on call roster.
• Supervision of acute operating lists
• Fracture clinics
• Elective operating and outpatient clinics
• A rural clinic
• Support and leadership of junior medical staff and administrative duties
• Teaching of undergraduate medical students and registrars
• An active role in interdisciplinary team education
• Active support and utilise specialist nurse role/s as appropriate
• Participation in quality improvement, clinical audit activities and service development meetings and initiatives.

About Invercargill
Located in the lower South Island, Southland offers a wide range of recreational activities. It is home to two of New Zealand’s national parks offering opportunities for tramping, internationally acclaimed fishing and a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Four ski fields are within easy driving distance. Recognised as an ideal place to raise a family, Invercargill is a modern city offering access to outstanding leisure pursuits and a caring, safe community. The city also has superb facilities such as the brand new indoor velodrome and sporting complex, excellent schools and an enterprising, innovative tertiary education provider, where free fees exist.

About You
Applicants must have Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics or an equivalent qualification, enabling specialist (vocational) registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

The commencement date is negotiable but early availability is preferred. Remuneration and conditions will be based on your experience with the terms and conditions of the ASMS MECA.

For further details, to discuss the position or to arrange a visit please contact our orthopaedic clinical lead Mr Charles Luecker. email:

Closing date: Open
Candidates please note that screening of applications will be ongoing throughout this advertising period and our advertising will be removed from the Southern DHB website in the event of the role being filled.

In your application letter please indicate clearly whether you would prefer full or part time hours.

For further information please contact Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor –Phone: (03) 470 9604 or Email:
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Vacancy contact details
Name Milair Ryalls
Position Recruitment Advisor
Phone (03) 2145 769
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