Fellow - Pain Medicine
Capital & Coast District Health Board
Porirua, Wellington Hospital, New Zealand
13d ago


Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has the equivalent of around 4,300 full time staff, making us a major employer in the Wellington region.

We are also the leading provider of a number of specialist services, including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care, and specialised mental health services, for the upper South and lower North Islands, a population of about 900,000 people.

Our DHB has an annual budget of more than $1 billion, which we use to deliver health services directly and contract external providers to provide care, such as general practices, rest homes and pharmacists.

CCDHB operates two hospitals Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua as well as the Kapiti Health Centre in Paraparaumu.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. It is a foodies paradise, cultural art-loving harbour city, and a place you quickly begin to call home.

Wellington has been named the best place to live in the world by Deutsche Bank’s 2017 study of 47 cities globally ranked.

According to Deutsche Bank, it is also officially the city with the world's highest quality of life and has the least pollution of any city ranked.


The field of pain medicine recognises that the management of severe pain problems requires the skills of more than one medical craft group.

Such problems include :

  • Acute pain (post operative ward rounds, post-trauma, acute episodes of pain in "medical conditions").
  • Cancer pain (pain directly due to tumour invasion or compression, pain related to diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, pain due to cancer treatment).
  • Persistent (chronic) pain (including over 200 conditions described in the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Taxonomy of Chronic Pain 2nd Edition, such as phantom limb pain, post-
  • herpetic neuralgia, mechanical low back pain).

    The pain medicine specialist serves both as a consultant to other physicians and often as the principal treating physician.

    The spectrum of care provided by a pain specialist includes prescribing medication, coordinating rehabilitative services, performing pain relieving / modulating procedures, counselling patients and families, directing a multidisciplinary team, cooperating with other health care professionals and liaising with public and private agencies.

    The Fellowship in Pain Medicine is an "add on" specialist degree. Thus, those wishing to enter the field usually will either have or be training toward a specialist qualification in one of the participating specialties, namely anaesthesia, rehabilitation medicine, surgery, psychiatry or a branch of internal medicine.

    Recently, entry into pain medicine training has been broadened to include Fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners or a faculty.

    Educational Goals

    The successful candidate would be expected to develop advanced skills in pain management which will include :

  • Acute Pain, including post-operative ward rounds, post-trauma, and acute episodes of pain in "medical conditions".
  • Chronic Pain, working in multidisciplinary pain management with full understanding and management of physical, psychological and social factors involved in service delivery
  • Cancer Pain management in all aspects
  • Pain related interventions : indications, assessment of patient suitability, complications and technical skills (if required)
  • Basic research skills and quality management in health care
  • Structure

    The training programme offers a 12 month appointment in a full time position. The position is based in Wellington Hospital but includes visits to Kenepuru Hospital, Kapiti Health Centre and Mary Potter Hospice.

    After Hours Commitment

    There may be an opportunity to participate in after-hours rosters. Training will occur "in hours" and is the priority activity.

    Additional service in the parent speciality may be available by negotiation.

    The applicant has :

  • General or Vocational registration as a medical practitioner with the New Zealand Medical Council
  • Is a registered as a trainee with the Faculty of Pain Medicine and completed first year of training
  • Remuneration is as per the relevant Senior Medical Officer MECA Scale.


    Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online CCDHB application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button.

    Applications close on 21 August 2018. Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email maddy.

    west mcnz.org.nz and please indicate the vacancy number (SMO26-18) and job title in the subject line.

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