PGY2 Dental House Officer | Commencing 21 August 2023

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 Second Year House Officer undertakes a leadership role of the first year house officers. You are expected to provide guidance and mentorship and arrange weekly teaching sessions for the first year House Officers. 

You will predominately work within the Hospital Dental Service undertaking clinical sessions including relief of pain.  You will provide treatment for paediatric patients, adults with intellectual or psychiatric illness or medical conditions requiring treatment in a hospital environment.  There is a good opportunity to improve your skills in oral surgery. 

You will be rostered on three week block rotations with the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery as Dental House Officer, plus rostered oncall approximately 1:5 nights and 1:5 weekends.  This involves attending patients with facial trauma and facial infection in the Emergency Department as well as attending operating theatre and oral and maxillofacial clinical sessions. 

The second year House Officer nominates one or two areas of interest and these are rostered into their weekly pattern to extend their knowledge in the nominated areas (e.g. special care or orthodontics).  While we hold the Department of Corrections dental contract, the second year House Officer is expected to attend Christchurch Men’s Prison approximately once per week to undertake a full day clinical session.  The majority of this treatment is relief of pain.

The Second Year House Officer is also supported to undertake their RACDS Primary Fellowship Exams.  This is a valuable opportunity to undertake the course and examination with the support of your employer.

This is a full time position commencing 21 August 2023.

Consideration will be given to PGY1 applicants for this role.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills & Experience

  • Batchelor of Dental Surgery
  • 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: RMOAR246179

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Friday, 16 June 2023