Training Psychiatry 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 at 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.

Other facilities within Waitaha Canterbury 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

Our Psychiatry services are some of the largest and busiest in New Zealand! Psychiatric training in Christchurch is run in conjunction with the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago’s Christchurch Clinical School.

For more information on psychiatric training in Christchurch, visit 

Permanent full-time Psychiatry Registrar, training and non-training positions, available, commencing on 29 January 2024 or by negotiation, based principally at our dedicated psychiatric site (Hillmorton Hospital), but with rotations to our other metropolitan hospital sites.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills & Experience

  • Previous experience in psychiatry is an advantage but not necessary
  • 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

  • Gain experience in general psychiatry and a variety of sub-specialties.
  • Work towards RANZCP Fellowship, a specialist qualification in a growing area of need.
  • Join a supportive, cohesive group of registrars.
  • Excellent support from consultant supervisors.
  • Training program works in close collaboration with an internationally recognised research department (The Otago University Department of Psychological Medicine).
  • 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

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


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: RMOAR246016

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Friday, 9 June 2023