Hospital Dental Surgeon - Fixed term

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora, Nelson Marlborough seeks an experienced hospital Dental Surgeon to join the department for 3 months from end of September 2024

  • Fixed term, part-time 0.8FTE (64 hours a fortnight)
  • 1:6 on-call
  • District wide cover, Nelson & Wairau hospitals, New Zealand

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 is a great place to live for both work and leisure. Nelson offers all the luxuries and attractions one would desire. It is well connected to the rest of New Zealand and the world via its centrally located and well served domestic airport terminal.

The schools are excellent. There are three national parks nearby providing ample opportunities for quality family-time and appreciation of nature’s wonders. The region is renowned for its breath-taking natural landscapes, with stunning geography capturing everything from unbelievably long golden beaches to rugged mountains and untouched forests. These magnificent features offer endless opportunities for mountain biking, walking/hiking, water sports and skiing. The region is also well known for its café culture, wineries, art, crafts, and relaxed lifestyle. Visit the pages to uncover more about how to strike a better work-life balance being in Nelson and

Health New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough has approximately 3000 employees, providing health services in the Nelson, Tasman, and Marlborough regions, serving almost 150,000 people. Facilities at Nelson Marlborough include four hospitals (Nelson, Wairau, Alexander, and Murchison), a district wide public health service, and four community health Centre's located in Richmond, Marlborough, Motueka, and Golden Bay. 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 registration in NZ. SECA | ASMS

In addition to your salary, you will:

  • 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 ēnei mahi (About these positions)

The successful candidate will:

  • Deliver quality services to improve oral health of the population in Nelson Marlborough regions.
  • Work Monday to Thursday, every week, once a fortnight works Wednesday & Thursday in Wairau and participate in the 1:6 on-call roster in Nelson.
  • Become a part of a team of dental professionals including specialists, house officers, and assistants who work together to provide the Nelson Marlborough regions' eligible patients with high-quality general oral health care.
  • 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 applicant will:

  • Have experience in hospital/special needs dentistry and excellent interpersonal skills, especially sensitivity to patients’ need.
  • Have a sound knowledge of the dental care of individuals with complicated dental needs and long-term medical issues.
  • Perform a broad range of complex dental procedures.
  • Hold a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, or equivalent.
  • Be eligible for an Annual Practising Certificate of General Dental Practice with Dental 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

For role specific information please contact:
- Donna Kennedy, Dental Surgeon and Head of Department at    

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: Open until filled.

Health New Zealand, 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: N24-296

Location: Wairau Hospital, Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled