Anaesthesia Registrar including the South Island Training Scheme | Annual Recruitment 2024

Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa!

Mō mātou | About us

“Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi - Putting people at the heart of all we do”

When you work with Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand – Waitaha Canterbury District, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles by ensuring our partnership with Māori are at the forefront of all our conversations.

Facilities within Waitaha Canterbury District include:

  • Christchurch Women’s Hospital
  • Hillmorton Hospital and the Princes Margaret Hospital – Mental Health Services
  • Burwood Hospital – Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation Services, including the Spinal injuries Unit
  • Ashburton Hospital - General Hospital, south of Christchurch

You will gain world class experience with varied case mixes and a high level of medical education, training and supervision. With 600 Resident Doctors employed at Waitaha Canterbury, you will join a team committed to serving their community. You can learn more here

Ko wai koe | About You

The Department of Anaesthesia consists of 84 Specialist Anaesthetists, 5 Medical Officers/Provisional Fellows, 26 Anaesthetic Registrars, 6 Senior House Officers, Anaesthetic Technicians, 2 Staff Nurses and 3 Secretarial/Administration staff.

The Department is based at Christchurch Hospital and provides anaesthetic services to Waitaha Canterbury. The Department provides Anaesthetists for locations spread between Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch Women's Hospital (High-Risk Obstetrics) and Burwood Hospital (Orthopaedics & Plastics/Max-Fax). The annual workload consists of approximately 26,000 anaesthetics per year, of which approximately 40% are acute admissions.

We are fully accredited for all levels of training by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and have strong academic links with the University of Otago through the Christchurch School of Medicine. Registrars based at Christchurch are also rotated to Intensive Care and Timaru Hospital on a 3-6 monthly basis. Trainees gain exposure to the full range of anaesthesia sub-specialties including:

  • Paediatrics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Vascular and Interventional
  • Complex Head and Neck surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Please outline in your application form if you are applying as an introductory trainee to the South Island Training Scheme (ie within your first year of anaesthetic experience)

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills & Experience

  • You will have completed PGY2 by January 2024 and have six months experience in anaesthesia at a SHO level or beyond
  • You must be eligible for ANZCA training registration
  • Knowledge and commitment of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how the principles can be applied to health.
  • A willingness to grow and further develop an equity lens and skillset, both to assist Māori and minority groups. 
  • You must be eligible for general or provisional general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. You can check your eligibility by visiting the Council’s website at

Ngā hua | Benefits

  • Live in a vibrant city, with a creative undercurrent. We have hills, beaches and ski fields a short drive from Christchurch City. To find out more, visit
  • Be supported by our Resident Doctors’ Support Team (RDST)
  • Access support at all hours, including after-hours support from the Clinical Team Coordinators and SMOs

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Has this interested you to join us here in Canterbury? Click apply now and in the application form you will be asked to select your speciality preference(s), please note due to current staffing arrangements and training requirements, vacancies may not occur in some service.

You will need to submit:

  • Electronic copies of your CV and covering letter, and
  • Contact details for three referees (which will be contacted right away)

For further information, email

Please note, due to volume of queries we receive during annual recruitment there will be a delayed response

Pandemic Vaccination Statement

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19. It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. This vaccination requirement includes gaining Booster Doses required to perform you role under the Health Order. As a person working in the health and disability sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom may be vulnerable.  Without a vaccine, there is the risk that you may contract Covid-19.  The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and also to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19 as a result of you contracting it in the course of your employment.


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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: RMOAR245924

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Friday, 9 June 2023