Rural Hospital Medicine Registrar, Ashburton | 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.

Only 60 minutes and an easy commute from Christchurch, Ashburton Hospital is one of four facilities within the Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand - Waitaha Canterbury District.  Ashburton Hospital services the growing Mid-Canterbury region, which is home to just over 34,000 people.  Ashburton Hospital is the largest Secondary Hospital in New Zealand and is accredited with the Division of Rural Health Medicine (DRHMNZ) for registrar training. 

Ashburton is a great town to live in.  You can enjoy seasonal Skiing at Mt Hutt, Hot pools in Methven and explore local hiking and biking tracks. There are Tennis courts and a Sports ground next to the hospital and the local pool and gym complex is only a ten-minute walk away. There are many excellent dining options and Christchurch is close by if it’s shopping, nightlife or an airport you’re after.

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

Mo te tunga  | The Role

Working at Ashburton Hospital will provide you with invaluable experience in rural medicine.  Here you will have exposure to a broad range of patients and conditions and be involved in the full patient journey from assessment to discharge.  You will be working across acute and inpatient spaces and will form strong ties to community and primary care providers.

Training is at the forefront of this position.  The Hospital is home to the Rural Health Academic centre and here you will find a dedicated simulation centre containing High Fidelity Simulation mannequins (Adult, child, baby).  A number of our Rural Health Medical Specialists (RHMS) hold University appointments and are certified APLS and/or EMST instructors. Our RHMS’ are happy to be guided by your learning needs and stage of training in their supervision practice allowing increasing autonomy in patient management for those nearing the end of their training programme.

Ko wai koe | About You

Do you enjoy rural health innovation, research and training? At Ashburton Hospital, you will have the opportunity to work and live in a progressive town servicing the wider rural community. You will form strong ties to community and primary care providers and gain invaluable experience in rural medicine including Rural inpatients and the Acute Assessment Unit. 

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills & Experience

  • You will have completed PGY2 (or FY2)
  • 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

  • Adopt a medical skill set capable of helping rural communities.
  • With all after-hours duties being based in the Acute Assessment Unit, you will have variety and be involved in practical procedures
  • Opportunities for Research
  • Accredited level 3 Rural Hospital for vocational training programme
  • Access to the Rural Hospital Education Centre and training with state-of-the-art simulation mannequins
  • Free accommodation is available on site
  • 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)

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: RMOAR245945

Location: Ashburton

Closing Date: Friday, 9 June 2023