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We are looking to recruit a Consultant Intensive Care (dual trained Specialist) to be based in Dunedin.

The Role

Dunedin Hospital has just under 400 beds and provides general care for a population of approximately 180,000 and specialist care for approximately 350,000 people spread over the lower South Island of New Zealand. The hospital have recently refurbished their ICU and have opportunities for Specialist Intensivists, including those with a dual training specialty interest in any of the following areas: Anaesthesia; Respiratory; Nephrology or Emergency Medicine.

Their new critical care department will integrate ICU and the majority of HDU care on the same floor. The current 8 bed ICU admits around 720 patients per annum with a split of 2:1 acute vs elective. The current HDU has recently expanded to a total of 8 beds housing a mixture of neurosurgical, general surgical and occasional medical HDU patients over two locations. The new combined ICU-HDU complex will see the care of patients in both ICU and HDU held by the Department of Critical Care Medicine with input from their hospital specialist teams as required. The case-mix is refreshingly diverse as a result of the location and large geographical catchment area: cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, major vascular surgery, trauma as well as general medical and surgical patients are catered for. Paediatric and burns patients re also stabilised and cared for in the ICU until safe transportation to other centres can be arranged if required.

Allocation of time for clinical duties and patient care is 50-70% of the working week with 50%-30% being allocated to your other specialty. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) duties will be conducted as part of a shared roster with twelve other colleagues in intensive care medicine. Additionally, colleagues from emergency medicine and anaesthesia currently participate in the weekend aero-medical retrieval roster. You would be expected to provide a mixture of cover for ICU, retrieval services, HDU and outreach services.

Depending upon the additional specialty you hold, such as respiratory, nephrology, emergency medicine or anaesthesia, we will negotiate the FTE you have with the other Service. You will be expected to undertake a full share of the Intensive Care on-call roster with other members of the team. Other duties include participation in teaching and supervision of junior doctors, nurses and medical students, team ward rounds, quality and safety activities, audit and clinical review meetings.  


Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island and is one of four main urban centres of New Zealand. Known for its heritage and hospitality, Dunedin is an educated, enterprising, liberal, expressive and intriguing city with a real community spirit that embraces new ideas, new people, and new enterprise. With a proven record of educational and entrepreneurial excellence, it’s a city that fosters innovation and creativity, revels in its underground arts, music and culture scene and flaunts its dramatic scenery.

There is plenty to enjoy in this city, from an excellent restaurant and café culture, a brilliant shopping and fashion industry, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, a brand new and extremely impressive stadium which was purpose built for the Rugby World Cup, surf beaches and more. Add to this the spectacular scenery and diversity of leisure time opportunities available in the region, including mountain biking, hiking, wine country and lakes, and you’ll realise why the region’s population is growing as more and more people choose to make it their home. Dunedin is a safe environment and a treasure trove of family fun!

What Head Medical can do for you 

Arranging a position overseas is very exciting, but we understand that it can also be daunting and time consuming. We’re the UK's specialist in international medical recruitment and have helped many doctors relocate since we first started (you can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page). We know it’s important to balance career opportunities with lifestyle and we’ll talk through your plans and will get to know you to make sure we find the right role in the right location. We will provide support through the medical registration and visa application process.

Next steps

For more information or a confidential chat, please get in touch with tina@headmedical.com with a copy of your cv.

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