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Position Title: Orthopaedic SHO - commencing November / December 2019
Location: Southland
FTE (Hours): 40+
Date Posted: 30/10/2019
Application Closing Date: 30/11/2019 11PM
Job #: RMOS218

Southern DHB is currently seeking applications from Senior House Officers interested in an Orthopaedic Surgery career but who would like some more time gathering Orthopaedic experiences before stepping up to a Registrar role. 

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?

The SHO Orthopaedics role has been specially designed for SHOs who are interested in gathering more experiences in Orthopaedic Surgery before moving up to Registrar.  

Fixed term for one year, the SHO will commence in the role each November, and will work alongside a dedicated team of House Officers, Registrars and Surgeons. As the SHO grows in experience, they will commence working after hours duties alongside the more experienced Registrars with a possible step up to Registrar during the year should a position become available. 

Note this position is for SHO only and so all applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience. In the event 2 strong candidates apply in the same year, Southern reserves the right to offer two 6 month roles with the alternate 6 months being spent as a SHO in the general teams.

This role is currently categorised as D in the salary scales on the basis there are very few rostered after hours duties.


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 opporunity to gather more Orthopaedic Surgery experience prior to making the step up as Registrar
  • The ability to work alongside, and to learn from, more experienced Registrars 
  • A fantastic opprortunity to work alongside skilled Orthopaedic Surgeons 
  • Great learning opportunities 
  • Excellent support and opportunities for development through a high level of SMO contact and supervision
  • 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 NZMC 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 Recruitment Advisor at quoting the vacancy title and reference number.

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