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New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2022.

We’re seeking a Consultant ENT Surgeon/ Otolargyngologist to be based in Invercargill in the stunning Southland region of the South Island.

Consultants in New Zealand are well-remunerated and enjoy good working conditions and an excellent work life balance. Invercargill is a great place to really appreciate the benefits of balancing work and family. Why not combine a fresh, professional challenge with living in the beautiful South Island, Invercargill-style?

  • Ideal location if you love the outdoors and only 2.5 hrs drive to resort town of Queenstown
  • Permanent role, full time, commencing 2022
  • FRACS or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCS with CCST
  • 181 bed secondary level base hospital, with modern spacious facilities
  • Relaxed, informal approach ensures easy access to clinical leaders and management
  • Good collegiality among departments and close links to tertiary colleagues in Dunedin and Christchurch
  • Explore Queenstown, Wanaka, Fiordland, Stewart Island and The Catlins
  • Enjoy ski-ing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseriding, golfing, snowboarding… and more!


Southern District Health Board has three key sites in Dunedin (tertiary Hospital), Invercargill (Southland Hospital where this role is based) and Queenstown.  Southland Hospital is a modern and spacious facility, with an excellent layout, facilitating easy access to departments and staff. It provides 24-hour emergency care, acute medical/ surgical services, maternity services, aged care, needs assessment, allied health services, accredited mental health inpatient and community services, district nursing and a range of specialist hospital-based services.

You will join a full-time colleague based in Invercargill with regular (weekly) additional service support from 5 x ENT surgeons based in Dunedin who provide general service provision and tertiary support as required. 

You will be a generalist ENT surgeon able to offer the wide range of clinical and surgical care for the local adult & paediatric population. In addition, there is a considerable head & neck skin cancer workload. Please note, additional training in this area can be offered if required.  The majority of the major head & neck surgery is carried out at Dunedin Hospital at present, but this can be modified to fit with your skill/ comfort level in future. 

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in ENT Surgery/ Otolargyngology. You will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care and experience of working in a culturally diverse setting.

In addition, you will have experience of taking an innovative approach to the development of services, through an integrated service model of care. You will have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to medical students, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

If considering a permanent move to NZ as an ENT Surgeon, this is an excellent opportunity as there is also potential to develop private practice in the future once full Vocational registration is obtained (this would also mean obtaining NZ residency too). Your qualifications, training and experience will be compared to that of the NZ specialist training programme.  Please click the link to see view the NZ standard for Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery . If successfully appointed - as part of the medical registration process - you will also be required to provide a copy of your surgical logbook which must include from the time of your postgraduate training to the current day.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$180,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on level of experience; On call calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Location

Invercargill is a lovely spot and is known as “The Friendly City” – and it really is, with its clean air and wide open spaces, a welcoming community and a modern hospital. If you are Consultant looking to start or continue your specialist career, Southland Hospital provides supportive colleagues and prospects for progression.

Invercargill has real character, with its wide roads and heritage buildings reflecting the history of the city. For a small city, there’s a lot going on. Locals love their down time and with short commutes to work and no traffic jams, life just feels more relaxed.

The local airport has daily flights to Christchurch and Wellington international airports, making international connections really easy.

Southland is a diverse geographic region comprising of wild, rugged coastlines, two national parks including the awe inspiring Fiordland which features a number of New Zealand's internationally renowned ' Great Walks', i.e Milford, Greenstone and Caples tracks. If you enjoy wildlife, visit the Catlins for the yellow-eyed penguins and rare Hector’s Dolphins. Stewart Island is a charter flight or a boat ride away and so tranquil and virtually untouched, it remains one of the few places in NZ where you can see Kiwi birds at night in their natural habitat…but only if you stay quiet, because they’re very shy.

Oreti Beach is a nice place to sit and watch the waves crash in or walk along its beautiful shores. If adventure is more your style, then it’s only a short distance to New Zealand’s international adventure playground in Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with premier ski resorts, bungy jumping, heli-skiing, mountain biking, paragliding, sky diving…

With its temperate oceanic climate, you do get a real sense of summer and winter, which means you can enjoy a range of pastimes on the water or on the slopes. In high summer they can experience 23 – 28c degree days. Just because you’re down south, it doesn’t mean it’s always cold!

Although if the cold is something you happily embrace, Invercargill is also a stop off point for international Antarctic expeditions and an easy drive to the snowy slopes. Southland Hospital also maintains staff holiday homes in Queenstown, Te Anau and Arrowtown, so you and the family can explore all these wonderful locations.

See more of Southland here: (3:22mins video clip)

Medical Registration

Ideally, you will hold FRACS (Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery) and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

If you are an overseas specialist ENT Surgeon, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia (FRACS), the UK (FRCS via CCT), Ireland (FRCSI via CCST), Canada (FRCPSC) or USA (American Board Certification) that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term) registration.

These are the two specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for ENT surgeons and we can assist with medical registration and facilitate the work visa, if successfully appointed.

Please note, a Doctor’s relevant qualifications must be verified by ECFMG using the EPIC system on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand. If you are committed to working in New Zealand, we encourage you to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. You may to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly with you. Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.


For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Sharon today.

sharon@headmedical.com / +44 (0) 131 240 5276

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