Senior Medical Officer - Thames Emergency Department

  • Waikato District Health Board
  • 610 MacKay Street, Thames 3500
Contractor Health Care

Job Description

Job Number: THA00304 

Where you’ll be working: 

Thames Hospital Emergency Department, Thames, New Zealand.

The details: 

Fixed Term position working up to full time hours for 6 months in a busy 24 hour per day emergency department.

Accommodation may be available to the successful applicant.

Ko Moehau te Maunga!

Ko Tikapa te Moana! Ko Hauraki te whenua!

Nau mai, haere mai ki te rohe o Hauraki!

Nau mai, haere mai ki te Whare Hauora o te Kauaeranga!

Come and join us in Thames, gateway to the beautiful Coromandel peninsula!

About the service:

Thames Hospital is part of the Waikato District Health Board, and is set against the hills on the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. We are a fully modernised rural and secondary hospital service, providing healthcare for a catchment population of 45,000. This population swells significantly over the summer holidays as the wider country makes their way to their favourite vacation destinations across the Coromandel.

We pride ourselves on the provision of quality and patient focussed care and work in a true inter-disciplinary way with nursing and allied health team members. The hospital has a feel of everyone pulling together to ensure the patients are cared for in the very best way possible across the care continuum.

About the role:

Our hospital provides a 15 bed emergency department seeing 18,000 patients per year which is supported by 24/7 laboratory and radiology services, including CT. The emergency department is staffed by an eclectic team of doctors – rural specialists, emergency medical officers and emergency specialists. We assess all patients presenting acutely to the hospital and treat or admit as required.

Our medical roster provides SMO cover 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, you will enjoy working as part of a team in this busy department.

Currently 10 hour duties are being worked in the department. Applications are invited from Fellows of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine or Fellows of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine, or overseas equivalent. Medical officers with appropriate experience in emergency medicine will also be considered. You must be eligible for vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. For more information about the registration process, please visit www.mcnz.org.nz. Why not do a simple self-assessment to see what options of registration are available to you?

For any queries about the role please contact Dr Gillian Twinem, Clinical Unit Lead Thames Hospital on [email protected]


The Waikato District Health Board Health & Safety has a policy that includes ensuring that you comply with the Health Order announced 11 October 2021 and with the Waikato DHB’s Vaccine Preventable Diseases for Employees policy. The policy prescribes the required vaccinations including COVID19 for all employees of Waikato DHB. COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory before you commence employment.

Why us:

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand.

We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. We run five hospitals across the district – a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

Why Thames:

The Thames-Coromandel region boasts some of the country’s most spectacular surf and swimming beaches and is a haven for mountain bikers, divers, fishers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts. Thames is less than two hours’ drive to the major centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and their major airports.

See what we mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBKRO9A5jJ4

For appointed candidates we offer a competitive relocation allowance and assistance.

Your application:

Please apply through the Waikato DHB website.


Applications are not able to be accepted via email.

For any queries about the application process please contact Elysia Koretz in the Recruitment Team at [email protected]

Application closing date: Open until filled

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