Paediatrician, Timaru Hospital

Full-time (+ on-call)

A 'once in a generation' opportunity exists at Timaru Hospital. Here, you'll enjoy a semi-autonomous role, guiding your own clinical destiny in association with our two other general paediatricians, developing a greater community focus, all the while supported by excellent hospital infrastructure.

With just 133 hospital beds, we're small by some standards but as you'll know this has manifold benefits. We have a reputation for providing higher than expected service levels and our community's access to non-acute medical procedures is the envy of many. 

With no Registrars, we have Junior Doctors who are inspired to learn alongside a visiting Trainee Intern. You will work closely with a small Child Development team and get to know community providers well. You'll be joining a team of skilled professionals, motivated to make a difference, while being supported by good clinical systems, including high standards of obstetric cover.

Call commitments involve 1 or 2 nights per week and 1 weekend per month. Neonatal care is delivered in a Level 1 Unit. There is excellent tertiary support for the majority of paediatric sub-specialities within 3 hours drive.

Based in the family friendly environment of Timaru, with genuine ease of access to a host of outdoor activities (e.g. five ski fields, several lakes and mountains all within one to two hours drive) together with many outstanding local sporting facilities (some of international standard, like SCF Tennis Centre, Aorangi Park Sport Stadium, Timaru Motor Raceway and CBay Aquatic Centre), there is truly something here for most to pursue or develop interests in outside of work. Local state and integrated schools offer quality education and housing is affordable. 

Live the dream of achievable work/life balance!

Please apply for this vacancy online at 

We look forward to receiving your application directly via our Careers Site.

If you have any questions regarding this role please contact our Human Resource Adviser by phoning 03 687 2230.

Closing date: OPEN


Specialist Paediatrician

Wairau Hospital, Blenheim
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board
South Island, New Zealand
Permanent 0.8FTE position

A permanent, 0.8 of full time equivalent, position is available for a suitably qualified General Paediatrician to join the Women, Child and Youth Health Service at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) from February 2018. This position is at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim - located at the top of the South Island.

Working at Wairau Hospital you will join a dynamic and dedicated team of experienced staff providing general paediatric and specialist care, for a population of about 45,000, including neonatal, general, ambulatory, developmental and community paediatrics. We have eight dedicated in-patient beds in a modern purpose built environment for children of all ages.

The child health team works closely with the maternity team who manage 500 deliveries per annum. Neonatal care for stabilisation of the sick newborn includes ventilatory support prior to retrieval. Local ongoing care for babies over 34 weeks gestation includes CPAP and high flow nasal cannula oxygen. We have close links with the community based Early Years Development Service and our paediatric outreach service visits children in their homes. Our busy paediatric outpatient department (with three clinic rooms) sits adjacent to our modern in-patient facilities. For very sick and exceedingly specialised and complex children, we have excellent ties to tertiary units in Wellington (NICU), Auckland and Christchurch.

Weekly teleconferences with the paediatric team at Nelson Hospital strengthen collaboration across the district for peer review and CPD. Teleconferences are also held with tertiary centers as and when required. Outreach clinics are established for Paediatric Surgery, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Cystic Fibrosis and linked with Paediatrics at Nelson Hospital for Genetics, Nephrology and Neurology. Neuro-behavioral services are shared with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and regular meetings aid collaborative care of children with mental health problems.

The DHB and local community have embraced the Children's Teams initiative and enjoy effective relationships with local Safeguarding Teams of Oranga Tamariki (OT), police and midwifery carers. Gateway clinics assess health of children in care proceedings.

We are seeking a Paediatrician to join our team who is first and foremost a generalist with the experience, skills and energy to contribute to further developing the service to children and families. They will uses innovative and creative approaches to making a difference, and ideally have experience (or a strong interest in developing specialist expertise) in the areas of developmental and behavioural paediatrics or diabetes.

The successful candidate will stand out in terms of their ability, personality and skills to complement and extend the current district-wide team of nine Paediatricians, in order to enhance the scope and quality of service across the district. Certified Neonatal Life Support training is desirable and APLS essential. You will share in the afterhours on call roster of 1:3 on weekdays and 1:4 (Friday to Sunday).

We also welcome applications of suitably qualified candidates who prefer to work less than the advertised 0.8FTE (64 hours a fortnight).

Qualifications required upon taking up the position:

- FRACP or equivalent
- Eligible for vocational registration in New Zealand
- Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
- Current Annual Practicing Certificate (or eligible to obtain)

Wairau Hospital

Wairau Hospital provides General and Geriatric Medicine, Emergency / High Dependency Care, Anesthesia, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Audiology and outreach ENT. There is prompt access to modern on-site theatres and imaging, including MRI. NMDHB, which is financially in a safe position, aims to further invest in staff and facilities to achieve health outcome improvements. The consultant and allied health teams are committed to medical student teaching and ongoing scenario based training in resuscitation skills for all staff working with children.

The Region

The Marlborough region offers a very friendly and safe community to raise a family or enjoy 'kiwi life' at its best. Blenheim is one of the sunniest places in NZ and is world famous for the excellent quality of its wine and 'gourmet' food. Year round dry and sunny days allow the outdoor enthusiast to experience by foot, bicycle, ski, road and boat the most stunning of coastlines and beautiful mountains. The region is home to three National Parks.

Indoor sports, swimming and leisure facilities are of an exceptionally high standard. There is a very active arts scene and world class musical and cultural performances are staged at the new theatre.

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A relocation package is available. A start date after the 1 February 2018 will be confirmed by mutual agreement.

For more information please contact:

Dr Stefan Schulze, Paediatrician via, phone via Wairau Hospital switchboard +64 3520 9999

Dr David Bond, Paediatrician, phone via Wairau Hospital switchboard +64 3520 9999

Sue Allen - Service Manager Child Women and Youth

We look forward to hearing from you. Applications must be lodged via the NMDHB careers site.

Appointment and ongoing employment will be conditional upon criminal record/police checks. This will include checks under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Closing date: Sunday 8 October 2017.

Ref: W17/130.

Online application, CV and cover letter are required before your application can be processed.  Click here for Position Description.

Enquiries can be made to Human Resources Nelson telephone: 03 546 1274 or email

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