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We are seeking a Rehabilitation Specialist (0.8) to be based in Dunedin – an area well known as the Edinburgh of the South, but with much better weather!

  • 400-bed tertiary level teaching hospital
  • Vibrant university city offering cafes, pubs, restaurants, live music,  nightlife and shopping
  • Home to the Dunedin School of Medicine, part of The University of Otago
  • Fixed term role for up to 12 months

The hospital and role

This is a great opportunity for a Rehabilitation Specialist to live and work in a part of the world renowned for lifestyle and work life balance while working with a dedicated team of likeminded health care professionals. You will join a team who together get the job done, who are there for each other and enjoy getting to know their patients, family, and the communities in which they live. This part time (0.8 FTE) position is to undertake a fixed term parental leave at Dunedin hospital from February 2018 for up to 12 months.

Working in the Regional Inpatient Rehabilitation ward you will provide specialist rehabilitation services to people with physical and neurological disabilities who are generally aged between 16 and 65. There is a strong focus on interdisciplinary rehabilitation which is patient goal centred within a family/whanau and community framework. Liaison with other hospital specialties and being an effective member of the MDT is an essential component of the successful management of complex health issues. The objective is to enable patients to achieve the highest possible level of independence.

As the hospital has close links to the University of Otago’s School of Medicine, part of your role will include teaching and they envisage the successful candidate to be committed to the teaching of medical students, and working with junior medical staff.


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, plus the close proximity to Queenstown and Wanaka for skiing and adventure pursuits and you’ll realise why the region’s population is growing as more and more people choose to make it their home. It’s about deciding whether you want the ten-minute drive, the 15-minute bike ride or the half hour walk to work. It’s about deciding what to do on the weekend – surf, drink coffee, shop or hike in the mountains just down the road. 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, and are registered with the Immigration Advisors Authority in New Zealand.

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

tina@headmedical.com / +44 (0)131 240 5258

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