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Position Title: Specialist Intensive Care and Anaesthesia
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): Fixed Term 1 FTE (40 Hours)
Date Posted: 10/04/2018
Application Closing Date: 13/05/2018 11PM
Job #: 054968
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Specialist Intensive Care and Anaesthesia

Dunedin Hospital

Full time, fixed term


We have an opportunity for opportunities for a Specialist Intensivist/Anaesthetist to join us on a fixed term basis for a year, to allow our clinical leader to focus on a number of projects for the development our refurbished ICU at Dunedin Hospital. The post would be suited to either a specialist desiring a supportive and interesting work environment with a strong team-based culture.  


The current 8 bed ICU admits around 720 patients per annum with a split of 1.2 : 1 acute vs elective, our  HDU has recently expanded to a total of eight beds housing a mixture of neurosurgical, general surgical and occasional medical HDU patients over two locations – the HDU patients are currently cared for by their individual primary teams with assistance from the ICU service as required. Although comparatively small to many of Australasia’s larger metropolitan ICUs, the case-mix is refreshingly diverse as a result of the location and large geographical catchment area: cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, major vascular surgery, trauma as well as general medical and surgical patients are catered for. Paediatric and burns patients re also stabilised and cared for in the ICU until safe transportation to other Centres can be arranged if required.


Clinical ICU duties are currently shared with 6 other colleagues with an intention to increase to a total of 9 by the end of 2018 and 12 by 2020. Additionally, colleagues from emergency medicine and anaesthesia currently participate in the voluntary (but remunerated), night-time and weekend aero-medical retrieval roster. Alongside the retrieval roster, you will also be expected to provide a mixture of cover for ICU, HDU, outreach service and anaesthesia. Administrative duties in governance, quality and safety, clinical review, audit, simulation, teaching, research supervision, mentoring and business-planning are shared amongst the departmental team and some participation in one or more of these areas will be expected as part of the post-holder’s non-clinical duty allocation. We currently have training programmes developing in ICU-US, an in-situ simulation training suite opening in the new unit, BASICS, paeds-BASICS and RACE-plus courses all being hosted in Dunedin over the next 12 months plus programmes in health-economics and management training being developed.



Outside of work, Dunedin is an excellent city to live in. It boasts a very competitive cost-of-living by Australasian standards, offers excellent schools, a relaxed lifestyle, world-famous wildlife on the Otago Peninsula, acclaimed museums and excellent access to outdoors pursuits such as skiing/snowboarding, fishing, surfing, kayaking, mountain-biking, and tramping. Many staff combine a hospital career with care of life-style blocks, pursuit of sporting or equestrian interests, viticulture or even farming. The city-centre is compact but has plenty of energy with more than 20,000 students adding to the local population in term-time.


To be considered for this post, it is essential that you have completed or are shortly to complete a post-graduate training in both intensive care medicine and anaesthesia, ideally holding FCICM and FANZCA or their equivalents. Informal enquiries and expressions of interest are welcomed. All applications will be considered individually on receipt.


Closing Date:  Sunday, 13 May 2018



For further information please contact Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers, Phone (03) 470 9604 or

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