Anaesthetist - Fixed term

Specialist Anaesthetist – Wairau Hospital, Blenheim 

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu ora, Nelson Marlborough seeks an experienced Specialist Anaesthetist to cover leave for up to 12 months from 2024 in the Anaesthesia team

  • Fixed term part time 0.7FTE (56 hours a fortnight)
  • 1:8 after hours on-call roster
  • Be part of a supportive multidisciplinary team
  • Join a team of talented individual who work together to make a positive difference.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

The Nelson Marlborough region, located at the summit of the South Island in Aotearoa, New Zealand, is spectacular. It boasts a pleasing climate and some of the maximum annual sunlight hours. It is a great place to live for both work and leisure. Blenheim offers all the luxuries and attractions one would desire, especially with the Marlborough Sounds and National Parks nearby.

Blenheim is where healthcare meets adventure, sailing and mountain biking are two of the most renowned of the many easily accessible outdoor activities and pleasure. The region offers endless opportunities for skilling, water sports, and walking/hiking. It also has a reputation for its award-winning wines, fine art, local theatre, conventional centre, and peaceful approach to life. Visit this page to uncover more about how to strike a better work-life balance in Blenheim

Nelson Marlborough is looking for a Specialist Anaesthetist to join our team.  You will join a team of seven experienced and supportive SMO colleagues.  You will be working within a secondary care setting participating in the anaesthetic roster, covering planned care and acute theatre sessions, anaesthesia after-hours on call support, anaesthetic pre-assessment clinics and working as the duty anaesthetist . In this role you will provide support to other departments including obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, ENT, ophthalmology and Dental. Our department also provides anaesthesia for visiting subspecialty surgeons in paediatric surgery.

Health New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough has approximately 3000 employees, providing health services in the Nelson, Tasman, and Marlborough regions, serving almost 150,000 people. Our vision is for all people to live well, get well, and stay well, and our mission is to work with the people of our community to promote, encourage, and enable their health, well-being, and independence. Respect, innovation, teamwork, and integrity represent our fundamental values.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position) 

The salary for this position is based on the current Senior Medical and Dental Officer collective agreement dependent on skills, experience, and vocational registration in NZ. SECA | ASMS

In addition to your salary, you will:

  • Receive an annual allowance cover your continued medical education expenses (including associated travel and accommodation costs) as well as paid time off to attend events including international conferences.
  • Have access to an employer matched Superannuation contribution of up to 6% of annual earnings.
  • Be reimbursed competitive relocation, accommodation, and car rental expenses (conditions apply). 

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

The successful candidates will:

  • Deliver quality services to improve health of the population in Marlborough region.
  • Participate in the 1:8 Anaesthetics on-call after hour’s roster to support other departments including:  emergency department, medical, obstetrics (including epidurals), and paediatric patients requiring anaesthetic support. 
  • Undertake daytime acute and elective theatres, pre-anaesthetic check clinics, duty, and acute anaesthetist responsibilities.  When rostered to elective theatres you will work with multidisciplinary team including General Surgery, Orthopaedic, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, ENT, Dental, and Urology specialities. 
  • Supervise and participate in teaching junior medical workforce on ED or medical rotations.
  • Enjoy working and living in one of New Zealand’s most sought-after regions. 

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

The ideal applicants will:

  • Bring your Anaesthesia expertise to an acute secondary care hospital and contribute to critical care to the patients in the Marlborough region.
  • Hold Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA), or equivalent.
  • Be eligible for an Annual Practising Certificate and vocational registration of Anaesthesia with the Medical Council of New Zealand. 
  • Work with others to promote a cohesive team culture of collaborative practice, openness, humour, and respect across disciplines.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing medical education and professional development.

Collegiality and collaboration across all disciplines are keys to provide successful services to our patients and community. Should this be the type of environment in which you will thrive, we would like to hear from you!

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or +64 3 539 5777. 

For role specific information please contact:

- Gillian Champion – Service Manager Peri-operative or

- Dr Dave Sandford – Head of Department- Anaesthesia

To apply please follow the link to complete our online application form Applications via email will not be considered.

Whilst it is no longer mandatory, for the health and safety of staff and patients, employees in this role are expected to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (primary course plus booster).


Applications close: Unless filled prior. 

Nelson Marlborough strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.  

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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Fixed Term

Job no: W24-098

Location: Wairau Hospital

Closing Date: Unless filled prior.