- Permanent, FTE negotiable 0.5 to 1FTE
Te Whatu Ora’s Southern district covers the largest geographical area in New Zealand. We proudly strive to provide top quality healthcare to our diverse patient population. Dunedin is the Tertiary Hospital for our district and enjoys a close relationship with the University of Otago School of Medicine. This gives our staff ready access to continuing professional development, involvement with medical student training, and all the stimulation and opportunities that come with an academic environment.
Our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides care to infants and families from the lower half of the South Island (and oftec beyond), encompassing a population of approximately 330,000. The NICU houses sixteen cots, five of which are designated intensive care cots. Our NICU has recently been refurbished provides a warm and friendly environment in which to work. The New Hospital is provisioned for a larger NICU, with 20 cots plus four transitional care rooms - now is a great time to join a team supporting effective delivery of transitional care services.
Our existing paediatric team includes twelve Specialist Medical Officers, a mix of neonatologists and general paediatricians. We offer some paediatric sub-specialties including behavioural and developmental, diabetes, endocrinology, oncology and respiratory medicine. The team is supported by a competent team of registrars and house officers and works very closely with the University of Otago’s School of Medicine. We provide a comprehensive range of services to the children and whānau of Dunedin and the wider Southern region. The general paediatric service operates a separate roster to the neonatal team. Our international team is friendly and inclusive, and we pride ourselves in supporting each other to deliver the best standard of care.
About the role
This role includes full service weeks looking after the NICU, including retrievals of pēpi from other hospitals or rural delivery units, and assisting at deliveries on the hospital’s maternity ward, Queen Mary maternity (as part of a shared roster with 5 other neonatologists). On non-service weeks, you will deliver outpatients clinics including general paediatric clinics. You will expected to undertake a full share of the neonatal on-call roster with a 1:6 frequency.. Other clinical duties include participation in team ward rounds and non-clinical duties including quality and safety activities, audits and clinical review meetings. There is a very active clinical practice improvement programme. Our close relationship with the university of Otago is also a unique chance to take part in formal teaching, tutoring and getting involved in research.
This role would suit either a Neonatologist, or a general Paediatrician with a special interest in Neonatology. You will have a personal commitment to maintaining high standards of practice and an unequivocal dedication to working as part of a team. Your ability to provide clinical leadership and reliable medical input for the inter-disciplinary team is pivotal to the position. You will have a strong commitment to whanau wellbeing and the ability to provide a wrap-around service where required. You will have a sound understanding and commitment to biculturalism and the organisational values. You will have a demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development and providing training to students and trainees.
You will need to be registered (or be eligible for registration) as a New Zealand Medical Council Registered Neonatologist, including having Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians or an equivalent and accepted international qualification, that enables specialist (locum tenens specialist registration) with the MCNZ, allowing you to be able to start in this role in the required timeframe.
Dunedin is a great little city with a big town feel, it is well-known for its Southern Hospitality. Outside of work, you will find life in Dunedin to be very easy place to live, with great schools, a laid back lifestyle and world-famous wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. This compact yet vibrant regional city has plenty of energy, which is to be expected with it being a university town. This sustains great activities such as theatre, stunning gardens, art galleries, live-music and a diverse selection of restaurants and cafés. Central Otago is a notable holiday destination and many outdoor recreation opportunities are easily accessible from Dunedin. If you are interested in this position, please apply online and attach an up to date copy of your CV for consideration.