Anaesthetist - Permanent

Specialist Anaesthetist - Nelson Hospital

  • Permanent role, working 30 hours per week (0.75 FTE)
  • Make a lifestyle choice - live and work in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions
  • Join a team of talented individuals who work together to make a positive difference 

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

Health NZ Nelson Marlborough is looking for a Specialist Anaesthetist to join our team.  You will join a team of nineteen experienced and supportive SMO colleagues and one ANZCA trainee.  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, dental, mental health and the emergency department. Our department also provides anaesthesia for visiting subspecialty surgeons in paediatric surgery, paediatric orthopaedic surgery, plastics, and maxillofacial surgery.

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

We are looking for a specialist who is ready to bring their skills and experience to a smaller provincial hospital and enjoy the lifestyle that this affords. You will be vocationally registered with the NZ Medical Council and hold Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA), or equivalent, or be -eligible for the same. Postgraduate fellowship training is desirable. 

Our success is as a whole.  Collegiality and collaboration across all disciplines are key to our delivery of a successful service to our patients and our community. A strong sense of community and belonging is reflected in everything we do. If this sounds like the sort of environment that you will thrive in, then we want to hear from you!

Eligibility for registration can be checked via this link

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Health NZ Nelson Marlborough is the main health provider for the Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. With nearly 3,000 employees, we are Nelson’s and Marlborough’s largest employer supporting the health and wellbeing of over 150,000 citizens across the region. 

Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals, and the Richmond and Marlborough Health Hubs, but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team, and we work hard to make a difference. 

We value integrity, innovation, respect, and teamwork. 

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information) 

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

The salary for this position will be as per the current senior medical and dental officer collective agreement dependent on skills, experience and gaining full vocational registration in NZ. You will also have access to up to 10 days CME Leave and an allowance to put towards your continued medical education. 

The Nelson Marlborough region, at the top of the South Island, has a reputation as the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand.  There are three large national parks all within 90 minutes' drive.  All outdoor pursuits are catered for providing opportunity for mountain biking, tramping, beach and water sports, and skiing and the region is well known for its wineries, art, crafts and relaxed lifestyle. For more information visit and

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

For role specific information please contact 

-Gillian Champion – Manager Surgical Services,; or

-Dr Matt Scott, HOD Anaesthetics,

To apply please follow the link to complete our online application form Applications are not able to be accepted via email.

If you are not currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Council, we recommend using the Registration Self-Assessment Tool to determine which pathway to registration you may be eligible for. You can find this by pasting this link into your browser:

For general enquiries about life and work as an SMO in the Nelson Marlborough region, please email the SMO Recruitment inbox at


Applications close: Open until filled.

Health NZ 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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Permanent Part time

Job no: N24-243

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled