Gynaecologist/​Obstetrician
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
18d ago

Pay varies for gynaecologists / obstetricians depending on seniority, hours, location, and frequency of on-call or emergency cover.

  • House officers and registrars (in training programmes) working for a district health board (DHB) usually earn between $70,000 and $175,000 a year.
  • Qualified gynaecologists / obstetricians working for a DHB can earn between $152,000 and $217,000 a year.
  • Gynaecologists / obstetricians working in the private sector are usually self-employed and can earn more than this. Those at the top level can earn $600,000 a year.
  • Source : Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, May 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Gynaecologists / obstetricians may do some or all of the following :

  • identify and treat problems of the female reproductive system, such as menstrual disorders, abnormal bleeding, miscarrages, infertility and cysts
  • check and provide treatment for cancer of the female reproductive system
  • examine and prepare treatment plans for pregnant women, particularly women with known health conditions such as asthma
  • deliver babies and check the post-delivery progress of mothers
  • discuss and prescribe contraceptive options
  • perform surgery when necessary
  • consult with other medical professionals about patient care and treatment
  • keep medical records and send final reports to general practitioners
  • teach medical students and trainee gynaecologists / obstetricians
  • carry out research.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Gynaecologists / obstetricians need to have knowledge of :

  • anatomy, with in-depth knowledge about pregnancy and the female reproductive system
  • how to perform surgery
  • different diseases and illnesses
  • how to diagonse problems effectively
  • new research, treatments, technology and medical practices
  • medical ethics and law.
  • Working conditions

    Gynaecologists / obstetricians :

  • may work long and irregular hours, including evenings, nights and weekends
  • work in hospitals, clinics, consulting rooms and operating theatres
  • work in conditions that may be stressful, as they may deal with medical emergencies
  • travel locally and overseas to conferences and meetings.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a gynaecologist / obstetrician you need to :

  • complete the Health Sciences First Year programme at Otago University, or the first year of either the Bachelor of Health Sciences or Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at Auckland University
  • complete a five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree at Otago or Auckland University
  • work for two years as a house officer (supervised junior doctor) in a hospital
  • complete another six years as a registrar with specialist training and passing examinations to become a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
  • You also need to be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

    The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.

    Secondary education

    NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include maths, chemistry, physics, health, biology and English.

    Personal requirements

    Gynaecologists / obstetricians need to be :

  • interested in women's health
  • able to work well under pressure and remain calm in emergencies
  • able to make good decisions, and solve problems
  • good at managing time
  • good at working in a team
  • understanding and good at listening
  • good at report writing
  • skilled at communicating and inspiring confidence in others
  • understanding of other cultures' attitudes to medical treatment.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for gynaecologists / obstetricians includes :

  • work in hospitals or other health-related work, such as in clinics
  • work caring for people.
  • Registration

    Gynaecologists / obstetricians need to be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

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