Consultant Neonatologist

Dunedin (Territorial authority), Otago (NZ)
28 Aug 2019
25 Sep 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time


About Southern District Health Board

Welcome to Southern DHB. Our DHB covers the largest geographical catchment of all the DHB's in New Zealand. We proudly provide top quality healthcare to our population. Dunedin Hospital is the Tertiary Hospital for our district, and enjoys a close relationship with the University of Otago, School of Medicine. This gives our staff ready access to continuing professional development, involvement with medical student training, and all the stimulation and opportunities that come with an academic environment.

The DHB and our Level 3 NICU Unit provide care to infants and families from the lower half of the South Island (and occasionally beyond), encompassing a population of approximately 330,000. Our NICU has recently been refurbished and boasts a family and staff friendly environment to work in.

About the team

Joining our existing team of Paediatrician's and Neonatologist's, you will assist in providing a comprehensive range of services to the Children and Youth of Dunedin and the wider Southern DHB region. In addition to the Neonatal intensive care specialists, the wider team includes general paediatrician's (operating off a separate roster), academic paediatricians, and representation from some paediatric sub-specialties including behavioural and developmental, endocrinology, and genetics. The team is friendly and inclusive, with excellent cooperation support between the various team members and subspecialties.

About the role

Service duties will include Neonatal Intensive Care unit (NICU) duties (including retrievals) and outpatient clinics. These will be conducted as part of a shared roster with other colleagues. You would be expected to undertake a full share of the neonatal on-call roster with other members of the neonatal team.

Other clinical duties include participation in team ward rounds and non-clinical duties including quality and safety activities, audit and clinical review meetings. There is a very active Clinical Practice Improvement programme.

About you

As a Consultant Neonatologist you will have a personal commitment to maintaining high standards of practice and an unequivocal dedication to working as part of a team. Your ability to provide clinical leadership and reliable medical input to the inter-disciplinary team is pivotal to the position. You will have a strong commitment to service user and family / whanau inclusion in service delivery and a focus on recovery.You will also have a sound understanding and commitment to biculturalism and the organisational values.You will have a demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development and providing training to students at all levels.
You will need to be, or be eligible for, registration as a New Zealand Medical Council registered Neonatologist, including having Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians or an equivalent and accepted international qualification, that enables specialist (locum tenens specialist registration) with the MCNZ, allowing you to be able to start in this role in the required timeframe.


Dunedin is a great little city with a big town feel and well-known for its Southern Hospitality. Outside of work, you'll find life in Dunedin to be very easy with its affordable living, great schools, laid back lifestyle and world-famous wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. The town center is compact but has plenty of energy, which is to be expected with it being a University town. This sustains some great activities such as theatre, live-music and a diverse selection of restaurants and cafés. Central Otago is a notable holiday destination and many outdoor recreation opportunities are easily accessible from Dunedin.

Closing date: Wednesday, 2 October 2019.

Candidates who are not currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Council should be aware that from 1 November 2017 it will be the requirement of the NZ Medical Council that your qualifications are approved through EPIC. If you have a commitment to working in New Zealand it is highly recommended that you start this process as soon as possible so as to allow your subsequent registration to be undertaken in a timely fashion. For more information please visit MCNZ website re EPIC Credentialing
For further information please contact Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers, Phone (03) 470 9604 or Email:

To apply

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