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Position Title: Dental House Officer (commencing January 2019)
Location: Southland
FTE (Hours): 40 hours
Date Posted: 04/07/2018
Application Closing Date: Open
Job #: RMOS197

We are seeking a new or recent graduate to come and work with us in the Dental team at Southland Hospital.

Our department is made up of a number of senior dentists, a visiting part-time oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a part-time orthodontist. We are supported by a dental receptionist and dental assistants and unit manager. We work in a hospital outpatient environment as well as using community clinics. Southland has a population of about 100,000 people.

We have two House surgeons who rotate weekly between supporting the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and senior dentists as well as undertaking a routine and emergency patient workload. There will be a requirement to travel to community based clinics to treat children and adolescents, as well as undertaking domiciliary visits to non-ambulatory patients eligible for care in the department.

The position is responsible for the provision of oral health care to eligible clients within a multidisciplinary team at the Southland Hospital Dental Unit and our community based clinics around and within Southland and Otago. The position will have an emphasis on the provision of emergency and routine care for adult, adolescent and paediatric patients who are medically compromised or who have special needs.

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Managing acute and emergency patients

  • Order and follow-up necessary investigations

  • Initiate treatment as directed by senior dental staff or Consultants

  • Undertake to treat patients in routine clinics as well as in gaps created by cancellations and patients not attending scheduled appointments. In collaboration with dental receptionist.

  • As required the House officer will liaise with other staff members, departments and GP's in the management of patients

  • Provide clear communication with patients (as appropriate), their families about patients' illness and treatment according to senior dental staff and Consultants direction.

  • Participate in ward rounds

  • Obtain consent for any invasive procedures

  • Participate in departmental teaching session/audit and Journal Club

  • Attend lunchtime Grand round Fridays 12.30pm

Invercargill is the Southernmost city in New Zealand with a population of 55,000 people. It was well connected with a good domestic airport and is an easy drive to Queenstown, Fiordland, Central Otago and Dunedin. So if you love the great outdoors and want to get broad clinical experience, please apply online.

How to Apply  
You can contact the Recruitment team by emailing, or by calling 03 470 9593 (Otago) or 03 214 7220 (Southland)
If you have any questions regarding this position please contact the Recruitment Advisor using the contact details given above.

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