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Position Title: Intensive Care Registrar - 6 /12 mths - commencing February 2021
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 1
Date Posted: 14/12/2020
Application Closing Date: 17/01/2021 11PM
Job #: RMO5912

Intensive Care Registrar        Te Puna Wai Ora – Southern Critical Care, Dunedin, Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB is currently seeking applications from RMOs interested in joining our intensive care team at Dunedin Hospital. We are looking for enthusiastic registrars, both with previous intensive care experience and without.

Southern Critical Care is mixed medical and surgical intensive care unit which provides exposure to trauma, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, and some paediatric intensive care. The unit acts as a tertiary referral centre for the 330,000 people living in the lower South Island. We have a busy aeromedical retrieval team involved in both interhospital and prehospital transport, predominantly by helicopter. The unit has recently been refurbished and a state of the art 22 bed-space unit is scheduled to open this year.

Our consultant and senior nursing staff provide high quality registrar education. We provide a five-day orientation programme covering both critical care and aeromedical retrieval. Registrars attend weekly seminar-based education and fortnightly simulation sessions. In house echocardiography and ultrasound teaching is also available. We also offer a number of courses (link: locally including BASIC, RACEplus and advanced critical care echocardiography courses, and 4i.

Dunedin hospital has a strong collaborative relationship with the University of Otago, making several teaching and research options possible for those keen to pursue their academic careers whilst completing their clinical work. Statistical support is available for those wishing to complete a project as part of training (eg. the ACEM 4.10 requirement).

The unit is accredited for Foundation training in intensive care medicine by CICM, as well as for ACEM critical care and RACP basic training. The run also provides invaluable experience for surgical registrars particularly prior to application for RACS training schemes.

Dunedin is a vibrant university town with stunning countryside nearby including the Otago Peninsula, and many beautiful beaches. The city provides a perfect launch pad for forays into the lower South Island, including walking and skiing in the Southern Alps, and visits to Central Otago Wineries.

Feedback on the job from recent registrars:

“Excellent consultant supervision and bedside teaching”

”Really felt supported during my time in the unit and never any problems calling for help whatever the hour”

 “Best teaching and commitment to teaching by a long way compared to any other department I have worked in”

“Echo teaching sessions have been invaluable, have already changed my practice”


We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience and experienced critical care registrars with 6 months or more of anaesthetics or intensive care 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
  • 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.
  • Complete an application form by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

If you have any questions about the role, the application or the recruitment process please contact the RMO Recruitment Advisor at quoting the vacancy title and reference number.


How to Apply  
You can contact the Recruitment team by emailing, or by calling 03 470 9593 (Otago) .
If you have any questions regarding this position please contact the Recruitment Advisor using the contact details given above.

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