ICU 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

With 14 Intensive Care Specialists combining qualifications in Intensive Care, Retrieval Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia, Medicine, Cardiology, Surgery and Trauma Surgery you will gain world class experience with varied case mixes and a high level of medical education, training and supervision.

With College of Intensive Care Medicine part I and part II examiners there can be a focussed education package to meet the needs of trainees.  There is also the opportunity to fulfil CICM echocardiography training requirements.  Paediatric case numbers fulfil the criteria for CICM Paediatric ICU Training.

There is an active research department with Specialists able to guide progression through audit and quality or research requirements if required.

In addition to the experiences above we provide an active specialist led education programme with protected teaching time to enable participation.  The efforts of the educational enthusiasts amongst the SMO receives regular positive feedback from the participants.  You will also have the opportunity to educate your peers as well as the Otago University Trainee Intern Medical Students that rotate through the unit.

Our new Intensive Care facility opened in 2021, meaning there has never been a better time to consider a career with Waitaha Canterbury. Critical care experience awaits you, encompassing the spectrum of tertiary care for adults and selected paediatric specialties in the South Island of New Zealand.

Participate and gain a breadth of experience across critical care. We care for patients requiring Intensive Care all specialties including Cardiothoracic and Neurosurgical. Christchurch Hospital also provides regional care for trauma, burns, paediatric oncology, paediatric surgery, South Island neurosurgery, interventional radiology. In addition, we are one of two Spinal Injury units for New Zealand and likewise one of two hyperbaric units for New Zealand. We can also provide an anaesthesia rotation progressing from SHO to Registrar covering 12 months for Intensive Care Trainees requiring completion of their anaesthesia training.

In addition to working on ICU there is the opportunity to participate in a busy road, rotary and fixed wing inter hospital retrieval service covering commonly the South Island (including the Chatham Islands) but with a reach for subspecialty transfers into the North Island as far north as Auckland.

Christchurch’s Intensive Care adopted the care for deteriorating patients early in the evolution of rapid response systems and has a dedicated nurse and doctor deteriorating patient response team 24 hours a day.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills & Experience

  • PGY4+ with experience in Critical Care
  • Airway management experience is desirable
  • 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 for training with the College of Intensive Care Medicine and with the Colleges of Physicians, Emergency Medicine, Rural Health Medicine, Surgery and Anaesthesia.
  • 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
  • Enhance your career with first class training and supervision from the Medical Education & Training Unit (METU)
  • 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: RMO245933

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Friday, 9 June 2023