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Position Title: Orthopaedic SHO Fixed Term- commencing Dec 2020
Location: Southland
FTE (Hours): 40+
Date Posted: 08/07/2020
Application Closing Date: 30/09/2020 11PM
Job #: RMOS218

Orthopaedic SHO Fixed term position

Southland Hospital, Invercargill - Southern DHB

Southland Hospital, Southern DHB is currently seeking applications from Senior House Officers interested in a career in Orthopaedic Surgery but who would like some more basic House Officer level experience before stepping up to Registrar.

Southland Hospital is a modern, 180+ bed, and secondary level 4 base hospital situated in Invercargill, New Zealand.  The Hospital services a population of approximately 108,000 throughout Invercargill, Queenstown, Gore, Stewart Island and rural Southland.

What is the role?

This role has been specially designed to provide Senior House Officers who are interested in a career in Orthopaedics but who consider they need a little more Orthopaedic experience before taking the step up to Registrar.

You will work alongside the dedicated team of House Officers, Registrars and Surgeons.  As the SHO grows in capability, there will be opportunities to work alongside Registrars during the after hours with a possible step up to Registrar should a position become available.

Note this role is for SHO level only. Please see the eligibility criteria listed below.  

This run is currently categorised as a D on the basis that initially there are few after-hours responsibilities that are rostered. 

Where do I fit?

You’ll be part of a dedicated team providing comprehensive elective general orthopaedic services, as well as 24-hour Orthopaedic Trauma and Orthopaedic Emergency care. 

The scope of your work will be varied and will include exposure to a range of subspecialties including:

  • Trauma surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • Spinal surgery
  • Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Upper Limb Surgery

What’s in it for me?

  • The opportunity to experience Orthopaedic Surgery at a SHO level for up to one year
  • Excellent support and opportunities for development through a high level of Registrar and Surgeon contact and supervision
  • The ability to work alongside experienced Registrars during normal and after hours before taking the step up
  • A lifestyle that is hard to beat!  Southland is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages.  Some of New Zealand’s most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance.  To find out more about living here please click the following link
  • Access to a number of Southern DHB staff holiday homes in Fiordland and Central Otago
  • The opportunity to work in a modern facility and provide healthcare to a large geographical area, ensuring your exposure to a wide range of work
  • 24/7 access to the library, weekly teaching and Grand Rounds, journal clubs, regular RMO forums, and exposure to a range of presentations to the hospital – all of which will equip you with a broad skill base to serve you well as you progress in your career
  • One week’s free accommodation
  • Free parking
  • Free meals when on duty

What do I need?

We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience, preferably including at least six months Orthopaedic experience.

You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand, and be eligible for general or provisional general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.  You can check your eligibility for registration by visiting the Council’s website at

Where do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for this role please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Please note that your application must contain the following:

  • Up to date electronic copies of your CV and cover letter
  • Contact details for three Consultants we may contact directly for references.  These Consultants should have supervised your day-to-day clinical work and one of the referees provided must be from your current or most recent employer.  Please ensure you advise your referees of their nomination so they are aware they will be contacted by Southern DHB.

The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) recently 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.  Please visit the MCNZ website for more details about these changes and information on enrolling. We encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the role, the application or the recruitment process please contact the RMO Recruitment Advisor quoting the name of the role at

How to Apply  
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