Specialist Ophthalmologist – Wairau Hospital, Blenheim

Fixed-Term 0.8FTE until 22 February 2022

64 hours a fortnight, Monday to Friday, with no on call

  • Well-equipped outpatient clinics and surgical facilities
  • Enjoy a great work/life balance 

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

We are a busy contemporary ophthalmology service providing a wide range of general ophthalmology care with a dedicated team of ophthalmologists (with general and specialist training) specialty nurses, orthoptists, optometrists and technicians. Our suites include: OCT, Fields, Photography and Lasers and our operating theatres have modern microscopes and Alcon Centurion Phakoemulsification equipment. 

We are looking for a Specialist Ophthalmologist to join our team of four Ophthalmologists on a fixed-term basis.  This position will be based at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim. You will be part of our district-wide service supported by the ophthalmology clinical team at Nelson Hospital.

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

You will be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand, and have undertaken postgraduate training in Ophthalmology, obtaining Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologist (or equivalent). 

You will have excellent communication skills, a commitment to client oriented care and quality standards, and will enjoy working in a collaborative and cohesive team. 

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. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer.  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.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)


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

Salary for this position will be the range of $164,369 – $244,560 (pro rata) as per the current senior medical and dental officer collective agreement - dependent on skills, experience and gaining full vocational registration in NZ. 

Situated at the top of the South Island, Blenheim is well known for its temperate climate, award winning wineries, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits - all available within minutes of the town centre. For more information on the Marlborough region visit


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

For role specific information please contact Gillian Champion, Service Manager Surgical Services at Gillian.Champion@nmdhb.govt.nz or Derek Sherwood, Ophthalmologist at Derek.Sherwood@nmdhb.gov.nz 

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

To apply please follow the link to complete our online application form. (Applications are not able to be accepted via email.) https://nmdhb.careercentre.net.nz 

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: www.mcnz.org.nz/registration/getting-registered/tool/


Applications close:  Sunday 23rd May 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: W21-083

Location: Wairau Hospital

Closing Date: Sunday, 23 May 2021