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.
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.
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.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include maths, chemistry, physics, health, biology and English.
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 for gynaecologists / obstetricians includes :
work in hospitals or other health-related work, such as in clinics
work caring for people.
Gynaecologists / obstetricians need to be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand.