Anatomical Pathology Registrar | 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 Anatomical Pathology kapa (team) is located within Canterbury Health Laboratories and provides histology and cytology services to Waitaha Canterbury and a tertiary referral service and multidisciplinary kapa (team) support for the South Island more broadly.

We have access to a wide range of IHC stains, diagnostic molecular pathology (NGS and FISH) and surface marker flow cytometry techniques within Canterbury Health Laboratories. FNA biopsies are performed on site, including palpation-guided and image-guided biopsies (including EBUS and ROSE evaluation), and the laboratory supports the national breast, cervical and bowel screening programmes as well as the national perinatal service. 

We are accredited for up to 4 years of training with the RCPA, and opportunities exist for rotations to the molecular genetics department and/or mortuary to fulfil rotation requirements.

Our pathologists are well supported by a team of registrars, experienced laboratory scientists and Pathology Assistants who perform simple and complex cutup. We work collaboratively in subspecialty teams and have a wide-ranging case mix, as would be expected from a tertiary referral centre in a major teaching hospital. We have close links with the University of Otago, and many of our medical team contribute to teaching medical students.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills & Experience

  • You will have completed PGY2 as a minimum, but preference will be given to candidates with broad clinical experience and/or prior exposure to pathology training
  • 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

  • Accredited with Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) for 4 years of training in anatomic pathology
  • Exposure to a wide range of tertiary and quaternary specialist services encompassing all areas of histo- and cytopathology
  • 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)

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: RMOAR245927

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Friday, 9 June 2023