About the Job

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We have rotational opportunities suited to doctors who have recently completed Foundation Training.  You will be based in stunning South Canterbury and the small city of Timaru – a great location where you can truly achieve that elusive work/life balance.

  • 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! 

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

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.

The Hospital is an ideal size in that you see a 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.  As there are no Registrars, you will work with Consultants on a one to one which provides a unique and diverse learning experience.

Rotations available

  • Emergency Medicine, O&G, Relief (between August '22 and December '22)

  • You will be able to select preferences for the start of 2023

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/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 5276

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