Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist

  • Te Whatu Ora Southern
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
Full time Health Care

Job Description

Rural Hospital Medicine (RHM) Specialist

  • Dual trained RHM/FACEM or FACEM prepared to dual train in RHM
  • Queenstown, Lakes District Hospital
  • Permanent 1.0 FTE
  • Salary: ASMS MECA 2022 (NZD 170,369 - 250,560)

Mō mātou - About us

Queenstown's Lakes District Hospital has a permanent opportunity for a:

  • Rural Hospital Medicine (RHM) Specialist or
  • dual trained RHM/FACEM or
  • FACEM who is prepared to dual train in Rural Hospital Medicine (within a set period of time) or
  • a Physician with training and experience in Rural hospital medicine who is prepared to gain vocational registration with RHM (within a set period of time).

You will be joining our team of enthusiastic rural generalists who provide emergency and in-patient care to our community. Queenstown Lakes District has a permanent, rapidly growing, population of around 30000 and a large visitor population. Lakes District Hospital consists of 10 General Medical beds, five Maternity beds, Emergency Department and a small out-patient department. Those who require urgent specialist care are transferred by road or helicopter to Invercargill or Dunedin. We work closely with St Johns, the Otago Trust Rescue Helicopter and the Dunedin ICU Retrieval service to navigate patient transfers. We have onsite Radiology, including a CT Scanner, access to an off-site Laboratory services and a limited supply of O negative blood. In this role you will work on the ward and in the Emergency Department, where we see around 14 000 patients a year.

Mō te tūranga - About the role

At Lakes District Hospital you'll be part of a team of 10.5 FTE of rural hospital doctors, four of which are dual trained or training FACEMs and medical officers. You will need to be comfortable working as a solo practitioner at night and managing complex logistical transport issues without on-site specialist support. In ED we see a variety of adult and paediatric medicine. Trauma makes up 40 - 50% of our ED presentations. Our in-patient constitutes a mix of general medicine, geriatrics, paediatrics, mental health, non-operative surgical and orthopaedics, rehabilitation medicine and palliative care. We also provide emergency back-up for the on-site Lakes primary birthing unit and Community Mental Health team. Our SMOs provide 24 hour cover through rostered shifts, working alone overnight with on-call backup that may be up to 30 minutes away. Remote specialist phone advice from base hospital is readily available. We are a teaching centre for Rural Immersion undergraduate Medical Programme (RMIP) students and offer fellowship posts for senior RHM and ACEM graduates.

Mōu ake - About you

You will need to be a Fellow of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (FDRHM) with an interest and experience in Emergency medicine, or a dual trained RHM/FACEM or FACEM who has entered dual training in RHM. Ideally, you'll have a postgraduate qualification in Point of Care Ultrasound. You'll be comfortable working flexibly with our small team of excellent nurses and allied health professionals and be keen to help us develop services as we grow.

Tāhuna - About Queenstown

Are you looking for a chance to secure a balanced lifestyle? Queenstown needs no introduction; whatever your interest or preferred pastime you will find the opportunity to indulge it here. As we are located close to some of New Zealand's best national parks, vineyards and ski fields, you will have the best of both worlds not to mention work life balance. We look forward to having you with our team!

Utu whānui - Salary range

This role belongs to the ASMS Collective Agreement and falls between the Step 1 ($170,369) and Step 15 ($250,560 p.a pro rata).

Rā mōnehu - Closing date: Friday 9 June 2023.

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Tono ināianei - Apply now

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: https://careers.southernhealth.nz/

For a job description or further information, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers with your CV. Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email: [email protected]

We welcome any enquiries, and we would be happy to put you in touch with one of our consultants for an informal conversation.

If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting/Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid-19 vaccination requirements

New employees of Te Whatu Ora Southern will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which includes two doses and a booster dose of an approved vaccine. If you are unable to receive a Covid-19 vaccine or booster for any reason, please indicate this in your cover letter so we can discuss this with you further and establish if you meet any criteria for an exemption.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: https://careers.southernhealth.nz/job-invite/21143/

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