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We are seeking an Orthopaedic Registrar with broad interests for a rare opportunity in Timaru!

The hidden gem of the South Island. Stunning South Canterbury and the small city of Timaru – a great location where you can truly achieve that elusive work/life balance. Here you can really explore some of NZ’s most beautiful locations including Wanaka, Cardrona, the Akaroa Peninsula, and the National Parks, as well as the local Caroline Bay Beach in Timaru. 

It’s also just a 4 hour very 'instagrammable' scenic drive to the famous resort town of Queenstown.

  • Family friendly environment – pack up kids, the dog and the bikes!
  • 5-10 minute commute to the office
  • Great schools, affordable housing and a safe community
  • Explore the South Island at the weekends – Queenstown, Cardrona, Wanaka, Akaroa Peninsula, Christchurch, the Trans Alpine train journey, Franz Josef Glacier, Te Anau, Milford Sound and so much more in between! 

The Hospital and Service

Timaru Hospital (133 beds, catchment population 62,000) is small but busy, employing approximately 950 people and delivers a range of inpatient, outpatient and community services to a regional population of 55,000.  The hospital is small and by necessity most senior clinicians across the medical specialities are generalists with some subspecialty interests.

You will find the folks at Timaru Hospital a friendly bunch, highly professional and very welcoming of newcomers to their region. The Hospital is the ideal size in that you see a wide variety of cases, yet it is small enough that you will get to know the wider staff and have ample time to spend with your clients.   Due to the size of the hospital and the structure, you get one to one time with Consultants

The Role

This is a unique opportunity ideally suited to PGY5 and above with broad clinical interests including hip and knee arthroplasty. Although not accredited for training, this is a role that will allow you to broaden your clinical exposure.  Due to the size of the hospital and the structure, you get a real opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with the team of five Consultants who are keen to teach!

You will enjoy working in a multicultural workforce and be based in a friendly coastal community.

The Location

Timaru is situated right on the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by the magnificent Southern Alps, with the stunning South Island Lakes (Tekapo, Pukaki, Aviemore, Benmore) an easy drive away. Slightly further south is Lake Wanaka, Cardona, and the famous resort town of Queenstown - all handy for a weekend getaway with family and friends.

It has long been viewed as a friendly, safe place to raise a family. The district has excellent primary and secondary schools. Real estate remains affordable with various options depending on your lifestyle needs.  As well as being surrounded by a number of picturesque towns and smaller rural settlements, Timaru is equidistant from the major university cities of Dunedin and Christchurch, both cities being an easy 2 hour drive away.

South Canterbury has a temperate, moderate climate with consistently high sunshine hours. They may have snow in winter (great for skiing!) but they also have gloriously hot summers (great for beaches!), this makes it ideal for exploring the many bike trails, mountain walks and beaches in your leisure time.

The local Timaru Airport has regular daily flights to Wellington International Airport (and NZ’s capital city), making travel in/around regional NZ very easy, as well as providing great access to international flights connections to and from NZ.

Click here to read more about the Timaru and South Canterbury Lifestyle

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

sharon@headmedical.com / +44 (0) 131 240 527

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