Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist - Fixed Term
Southern Health
Queenstown Lakes
6d ago

Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist

Queenstown, Lakes District Hospital

Fixed Term 1.0 FTE

Period of Cover : 24 / 01 / 2022 - 24 / 07 / 2022

Mō mātou About us

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital has a fixed term leave cover opportunity for a Rural Hospital Medicine (RHM) Specialist to join our team of enthusiastic rural generalists who provide emergency and in-patient care to our community.

Queenstown Lakes District has a permanent, rapidly growing, population of around 30000 and a large visitor population. Lakes District Hospital consists of 10 General Medical beds, five Maternity beds, Emergency Department and a small out-patient department.

Those who require urgent specialist care are transferred by road or helicopter to Invercargill or Dunedin. We work closely with St Johns, the Otago Trust Rescue Helicopter and the Dunedin ICU Retrieval service to navigate patient transfers.

We has onsite Radiology, including a CT Scanner, access to an off-site Laboratory services and a limited supply of O negative blood.

In this role you will work on the ward and in the Emergency Department, where we see around 13, 500 patients a year.

Mō te tūranga About the role

At Lakes District Hospital you’ll be part of a team of 11 FTE rural hospital doctors and medical officers. You will need to be comfortable working as a solo practitioner at night and managing complex logistical transport issues without on-site specialist support.

In ED we see a variety of adult and paediatric medicine. Trauma makes up 40-50% of our ED presentations. Our in-patient constitutes a mix of general medicine, geriatrics, paediatrics, mental health, non-operative surgical and orthopaedics, rehabilitation medicine and palliative care.

We also provide emergency back-up for the on-site Lakes primary birthing unit and Community Mental Health Team. Our SMOs provide 24 hour cover through rostered shifts, working alone overnight with on-call backup that may be up to 30 minutes away.

Remote specialist phone advice from base hospital is readily available. We are a teaching centre for rural immersion undergraduate medical students and offer fellowship posts for senior RHM and ACEM graduates.

Mōu ake About you

You will be a Fellow of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (FDRHM), or a Fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (FACEM) with rural ED and hospital experience .

Ideally, you'll have a postgraduate qualification in Point of Care Ultrasound. You'll be comfortable working flexibly with our small team of excellent nurses and allied health professionals and be keen to help us develop services as we grow.

Tāhuna About Queenstown

Are you looking for a chance to secure a balanced lifestyle? Queenstown needs no introduction; whatever your interest or preferred pastime you will find the opportunity to indulge it here.

As we are located close to some of New Zealand’s best national parks, vineyards and ski fields, you will have the best of both worlds not to mention work life balance.

We look forward to having you with our team!

Tono ināianei Apply now

We will be screening applications before the closing date to ensure we can start interviewing once the role closes on 4 March 2022 but this may be closed earlier.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your current clinical skills, we have a range of clinical roles, get in touch as there could be a place for you! For a job description or further information, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor Senior Medical Officers with your CV.

Phone : +64 3 470 9604 or email :

COVID Vaccination Requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker.

If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to :

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
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