General Medicine Physician/Endocrinologist

New Zealand (NZ)
07 Aug 2020
06 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Southland Hospital

Welcome to Southern DHB. Our DHB covers the largest geographical catchment of all the DHB's in New Zealand; Southland Hospital is our DHB's Secondary Hospital proudly providing top-quality healthcare to a population of 105,000 in the lower South Island. This provides us with some unique challenges, but also ensures that there is an enormous scope for the variety in the work available to a talented professional. Being at the bottom of the country you might expect us to have small, outdated facilities; but we are proud of our state-of-the-art hospital which was newly constructed in 2004.

About the role We see ourselves as a young and dynamic department, and we are all New Zealand trained physicians. We are looking for a General Medicine physician, with a subspecialty interest in Endocrinology who wishes to join us in a 50/50 split role between our General Medicine department and Endocrinology service.

Southland Hospital has a 38 bed medical ward and 6 bed critical care unit. Sub-speciality support is provided predominantly by Dunedin Hospital. You will join a team of a 7 General Medicine Physicians, we provide both inpatient and outpatient services and have a an equal share in the acute roster.

Southern DHB is affiliated with the University of Otago Medical School and Southland Hospital provides training to Registrars from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, so there is ample opportunity to participate in our departmental teaching programme which amounts to 4 hours each week, and we have close links with the University of Otago as witnessed by the number of students that train here.

Joining one other consultant for the endocrinology component of your role , you would be providing a regional Endocrine and Diabetes service for the Southland catchment area, this includes Invercargill and rural clinics. We see a broad range of undifferentiated Endocrinology problems and the exposure to this is excellent in the context of a relatively small team. We have three Diabetes Nurse specialists.

We operate a multidisciplinary Diabetes in Pregnancy service, and are moving forward developing a high risk foot service. We are also actively championing the use of Telehealth for Endocrinology, particularly for patients based remotely. We are able to undertake dynamic Endocrine testing, and have good support from surgical colleagues within the DHB. We offer a therapeutic Radioactive Iodine service for Thyroid disease. As we look to the future, we are building on integration with primary care colleagues and developing regional resources. There are a number of exciting initiatives we are looking to develop going forward. This is a new role in Endocrinology so there is plenty of scope to be part of redesigning the service in new and innovative ways.

About you

An outstanding team player, you'll have the energy and drive to make a positive difference with both patients and colleagues alike. You will need to be someone who is an excellent communicator and values their patient's culture and whanau and is enthusiastic about teaching and passing on your knowledge to junior members of staff. In addition to enjoying a diverse workload and an exceptional quality of life, you can look forward to a highly competitive pay rate and a culture where staff are included, valued and respected for their expertise. To be considered for this role you will need to be FRACP (or equivalent) holding, or be eligible to hold, a vocational registration with Medical Council of NZ. If you are an international candidate you can be considered for this role under the condition, you are eligible for vocational registration with the MCNZ.

About Invercargill

Located in the lower South Island of New Zealand, the people are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. There is space in abundance and plenty of recreational activities on your door step, Southland is home to two of New Zealand's national parks offering opportunities for tramping, internationally acclaimed fishing and we have four ski fields are within easy driving distance.

Weekends away on your doorstep can involve the city life of Dunedin, the wilderness of the Catlins, the natural beauty and outdoors of Fiordland, or the all year playground that is Queenstown.

Recognised as an ideal place to raise a family we take great pride in our sense of community which you will soon come to see in the tight knit family feel amongst our staff at Southland Hospital.

Closing date: Sunday, 6 September 2020.

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:

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website by clicking the apply button.


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