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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 09:03


Contact Details


SMO Recruitment

Bershka Julien 

+64 9 430 4101 ext 7402
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RMO Recruitment

Tania Vaile
+64 9 430 4101 ext 7399 


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Emma Tansley (RMO Coordinator) 
+64 430 4101 ext 7399
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Which hospital(s) fall under your DHB?

Whangarei Hospital
Bay of Islands Hospital
Dargaville Hospital
Kaitaia Hospital

N.B. RMOs are based in Whangarei hospital

What are the sizes of your hospital(s) in terms of:

Bed Numbers

Total number of beds is 328 beds over the 4 hospitals. Whangarei has 7 theatres a 7 bed ICU and a 24 hr Emergency Department.


The Northland region is starts approximately an hour’s drive north of Auckland, from Topuni through to Cape Reinga. The population base is approximately 148,500 Northlanders.

House Officers

There are 37 House Officer posts across the following services: General Medicine, Renal, Psychiatry, Assessment and Rehab, ENT, General Surgery, Urology, Orthopaedics, Relief, ED, Paediatrics and O&G


There are 42 Registrar posts across the following services: General medicine, Renal, Psychiatry, Anaesthetics, ICU, General Surgery, ENT, Orthopaedics, Urology, Public Health, ED

Fellows – 1

MOSS – 15

Consultants – 126

What specialties are available to work in at your hospital(s)?

See above

Anaesthetics, Dental, Emergency Medicine, ENT, ICU, Medicine (including respiratory gastroenterology, cardiology, oncology, renal), Palliative Care, O&G, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Occupational Health, Paediatrics, Pathology, Psychiatry, Public Health, Radiology, Sexual Health, Surgery, Plastics, Urology.

What teaching opportunities are available for RMOs?

Formal teaching
There is protected House Officer teaching conducted between 1200-1330 on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week. Each department also has its own teaching schedule. For example RACP Physician training is conducted on Wednesday afternoons and O&G provide a daily teaching schedule. Grand Rounds are held weekly on Friday afternoons for all clinical staff.

Other educational opportunities 
Diplomas in Child Health and O&G are supported as well as Registrar training in association with the relevant Australasian colleges.

Advanced Training & CME 
Advanced Registrar training posts are available in Renal, Surgery, Orthopaedics and Paediatrics.

Training Leave
5 days study leave per year is provided to general RMOs. Those carrying out a diploma will be entitled to 2 weeks study leave and those on vocational training programmes will be entitled to 12 weeks total study leave over the time they are training.

Related expenses
Expenses incurred whilst on a vocational training pathway, will be reimbursed upon approval. Medical Council Practicing Certificates and Medical Indemnity Insurance are also reimbursable costs.

Department case reviews, Journal clubs, audits etc
Grand Rounds
Access to library and internet resources
Annual CME leave and expenses entitlements
Attendance at national and international conferences and courses – will require prior approval

How easy is it for clinicians to get leave


RMO leave is determined by each department based on the service provision required. Leave can be booked 6 months in advance


We are supportive of staff requesting leave as appropriate.

What parking facilities are available?

Free Car parking- secure facility available

What IT systems does your DHB have (eg. electronic discharges, electronic radiology requests etc.)?

Digital Radiology- PACS
Electronic patient management/discharge summaries
Online Journals

What other support structures / facilities are available for SMO / RMOs (childcare, gyms, security etc.)?

Northland DHB does not provide Childcare facilities. Whangarei District Council has a number of registered childcare facilities within easy reach of all hospitals.

The DHB provides a fully equipped gymnasium at its Whangarei Campus. This facility is free to all staff. It is secure, and relatively private with after hours parking right outside the door!

The gym is open 24/7 with card swipe access. It is equipped with several resistance exercise machines, an Olympic bench press, 3 treadmills, 2 exercise cycles, 2 spinning bikes and 2 rowing machines, punch bag, speedball and a small selection of free weights.

A small kitchen, shower and change facilities are also provided.

Clinical Library
Well resourced 24 hr access with online availability free. 

Staff Discounts Brochure
The Northland DHB provide a booklet on businesses in and around Northland that offer Northland DHB Staff discounts. Offers range from building materials, movie tickets, clothes, gym memberships etc.

Hospital Social Club
Social sports
Swimming Pool during summer months 

What are the accommodation options in your DHB's area?

We provide pastoral care for all RMOs in the transitional period from coming overseas with accommodation, bank accounts, IRD etc

We provide accommodation for the first 6 weeks onsite and provide assistance to find alternative homes for SMO and families. We endeavour to provide information and guidance on schools and local activities to assist with socialisation into our communities.

What are some of the other attractions for your DHB area?

Northland was the region first settled by people from eastern Polynesia and it was also Northland where Europeans first made permanent contact with the Mäori. Russell, in the Bay of Islands, was in fact the first Capital of New Zealand. The region features fertile farmland, orchards, forests and spectacular coastline with some of New Zealand’s finest beaches. Situated a scenic 2 hour drive North of Auckland, Whangarei is the largest city in the Northland Region with a population of approximately 45,000. 

Northland has the highest average annual temperature in New Zealand. In summer typical maximum temperatures range between 22 and 26; night-time minimums seldom drop below 10. Maximums in winter are typically between 14 to 17, light frosts are possible in sheltered areas but are not common. 

Daily and annual temperature variations are low. Whangarei, the major settlement of the region, has around 1900 sunshine hours per year, and receives an annual rainfall of approximately 1300mm about average for New Zealand.

Golden beaches, secluded coves, tranquil harbours, warm waters, dramatic coastline, and spectacular forest, an aquatic playground and a land of unspoilt natural beauty that has to be seen to be believed. 
The region has twin, diverse coasts, with no part of Northland being further than 40 km away from coastline, pristine beaches, bays and harbours. Vast tracts of forest remain, home to 2000 year old giant kauri trees. With numerous islands and the myriad of secluded beaches and deep forests, every bay, shore and cove has a story to tell. 

One of the best things about living in Northland is the lifestyle. Northlands residents indulge year round in numerous recreational activities, including fishing, diving, canoeing, tramping and surfing as well as all the usual leisure and sporting activities. Other activities include, walking and hiking, horse riding, a whole variety of sports and tourist based activities from tandem skydiving through to dune surfing and quad biking and some of the best golf courses in New Zealand.

Northland is rich in a unique history that ties both Maori and non Maori people together. Historical sites and artefacts can be found throughout the region.

The region has a solid industry base of pastoral farming, horticulture, forestry and wood processing, and tourism. Other key sectors are floriculture, organics and the arts.

Local vineyards consistently produce medal winning wines. Accolades have been awarded to Northland cheese makers for their delicious cheeses. Citrus fruits and olives are grown widely. The seafood is plentiful, fresh and magnificently varied.
Festivals, events and performances endorsing the arts happen throughout the year, offering an opportunity to enjoy the best of our actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists. The depth and breadth of authentic arts and culture on offer enhances the region's outdoor activities and extraordinary landscape.
Northland's culture, history and natural maritime beauty are matched with world-class facilities and accommodation in some breathtakingly positioned locations.

How do SMO/RMOs apply to work at your DHB?

Job Description and Official Application form are available from and should be returned to: 
Northland District Health Board
Private Bag 9742
New Zealand.
Tel.+64 9 430 4101 




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