Emergency Department SMO

  • Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Waikato
  • Thames Hospital, New Zealand
Full time Health Care

Job Description

Where you’ll be working: Thames Hospital, New Zealand

The details: Permanent – Full time hours

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

Te whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

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, transfer, 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]

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Mō tātou Ratonga | About our Service

Thames Hospital is part of the Te Whatu Ora Waikato, 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.

Ko wai mātou | Our Organisation

Te iwi Ngakaunui – People at Heart

• Whakamana – Give and earn respect

• Whakaronga – Listen to me; Talk to me

• Mauri Pai – Fair play

• Whakapakari – Growing the good

• Kotahitanga – Stronger together

It is not very often something happens that is big; like, really big. Big to the point that it will touch the lives of every single person in the country. That is what we are talking about here. The provision of Health in Aotearoa New Zealand, and how its run is about to change in a big way.

Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health Authority will together shape the delivery of Health services in Aotearoa New Zealand for generations to come, and will form the core of a modern and integrated service looking after the needs of all our Whānau.

We are dedicated to achieving health equity for Māori and other priority populations. We are a Crown entity and an active partner in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand is guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is committed to upholding the articles.

Here at Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato we have a team of 8,000 working across the Waikato where everyone plays a vital role in the care of our patients – directly or non-directly. Our vision is Healthy People. Excellent Care.

We are a values-based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. Reflecting the population we serve is an important part of the care we deliver to the community. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply. We proactively develop pathways that maximise opportunity for Māori and encourage Māori to apply.

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.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Please apply directly online, applications are not able to be accepted via email.


For any queries about the role please contact [email protected]

Closing date: Open until filled


A national Vaccination Policy which includes COVID19 is under development. In the interim, a Health and Safety Risk Assessment against the requirements of the role will apply to unvaccinated candidates and employees and appropriate risk mitigation (e.g. extra PPE, RAT testing) may be taken as a result. Please note that when a Vaccination Policy is introduced it will apply to this role and need to be supported.

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