Microbiology Senior Medical Officer

Canterbury (NZ)
21 Sep 2018
20 Oct 2018
Career Level
Trust / Career grade
Contract Type
Full Time

Our Purpose: What We're Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you're part of something very special. We're world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we're always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region and we're all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata
Putting people at the heart of all we do

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we're putting our own people at the centre of everything we do. Because health is ultimately all about people. What's important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

Applications are invited from Consultant Microbiologists for appointment to this full-time position. Registration with the New Zealand Medical Council and fellowship with the RCPA (Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia) are a pre-requisite.

Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL) is the leading medical diagnostic reference Laboratory in Christchurch, New Zealand with Laboratory links and collaborative partners throughout New Zealand and the world.

Operating from well equipped, modern facilities opposite Christchurch Hospital, CHL provides the environment for a comprehensive Laboratory and tertiary referral centre. CHL has a long-standing history of collaborating with national and international epidemiological research studies, and is leading New Zealand in adopting novel technologies. The early adoption of a MALDI-TOF and sequence based diagnostic methods, including Next Generation Sequencing, has opened up state-of the art diagnostic services for the Hospital as well as the community. CHL provides a level 6 tertiary care Laboratory service for CDHB's Hospitals, selected Laboratory services to general practice, and performs reference tests for all medical diagnostic Laboratories within New Zealand.

As a tertiary Hospital Laboratory, a substantial range of routine Laboratory tests and an expanding set of specialised tests are performed. The Microbiology service provides specialist testing, information and result interpretation related to infectious disease diagnostic and surveillance and assists with managing communicable diseases outbreaks. The department has close links with several medical specialties, in particular Infectious Diseases, Sexual Health and Infection Prevention & Control.

CHL Microbiology has the Ministry of Health contract as the National Measles & Rubella Reference Laboratory and through this has strong links with the World Health Organisation. CHL was the first human diagnostic Laboratory in NZ to have a fully operational PC3 (Physical Containment level 3) facility.

Specialist areas in microbiology include bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, virology, serology, and infection control. Molecular methods form a large part of the diagnostic strategy CHL employs. These integrated services are provided by experienced and highly qualified staff.

The Microbiology Unit at Canterbury Health Laboratories, CDHB, currently employs four Consultants and two Registrars (in training positions), and provides an extensive, state of the art service to the local hospitals and community. The department has a strong academic link with the University of Otago, and the opportunity exists for a Senior Clinical Lecturer appointment with the main focus on teaching medical students. There will be an opportunity to engage in approved research initiatives and the Laboratory has a proud tradition and international reputation in applied research. The Consultant Microbiologist is also expected to provide clinical input into a number of the smaller medical Laboratories throughout NZ.

Belonging Here: Becoming Part Of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you'll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn't a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star!

If this particular role isn’t for you, we do have other similar opportunities - please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information

For more clinical information on this position, please contact Dr Joshua Freeman, Clinical Director of Microbiology, joshua.freeman@cdhb.health.nz phone 03 364 0347, or for advice on the application procedure please contact John Ray Recruitment Specialist, People and Capability Service on john.ray@cdhb.govt.nz

Closing date: Saturday, 20 October 2018.