Orthopaedic Surgeon – Generalist (job-share 0.35 fte)

Wairau Hospital, Blenheim

  • 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
  • Busy Orthopaedic service undertaking outpatient clinics, acute & elective procedures 

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

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is looking for an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon to join our team.  The position joins a team of 3 experienced and supportive colleagues at Wairau Hospital, along with 6 Nelson colleagues. 

This role is a 5 year, fixed-term, job-share arrangement (sharing patients and clinical schedule as part of a two person team) each working 0.35FTE over the year, compressed into every second block of 2 weeks.


  • Weeks 1 to 2: 28 hours a fortnight
  • Weeks 3 to 4: Nil hours

The role includes acute and elective operating, outpatient clinics and participating in a 1:4 on call roster. 

Additional part-time hours may be available covering periods of leave. 

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 RAC Orthopaedics. 

You will be competent over the range of orthopaedic elective and trauma surgery. 

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!

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals 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. 

Find out more about us https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC34XErxkHJ5YAn59o6SrhnA 

Nga 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 opportunities for mountain biking, tramping, beach, water sports and skiing. The region is well known for its wineries, art, crafts and relaxed lifestyle. For more information visit https://www.nelsontasman.nz/ and https://marlboroughnz.com/ 

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

For role specific information please contact Gillian Champion, Service Manager Surgical Services, gillian.champion@nmdhb.govt.nz  or Julian Ballance, Head of Department, julian.ballance@nmdhb.govt.nz

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on vacancies@nmdhb.govt.nz  or +64 3 546 1274.

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please complete our online application form.



Applications close: Sunday 27th June 2021 

Nelson Marlborough Health 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/Part Time

Job no: W21-080

Location: Wairau Hospital

Closing Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021