Specialist Paediatrician

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand

Permanent 0.8FTE position (open to negotiation) 

  • Put your paediatric skills to work making a difference
  • Close proximity to walking, biking tracks & the stunning Marlborough Sounds 

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

We are looking for a suitably qualified General Paediatrician to join the Women, Child and Youth Health Service at Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH). This position, working 32 hours a week (plus on call), is based at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim - located at the top of the South Island. The on-call after hours roster is shared equally on a 1:3 rota weekdays, and 1:4 weekends. 

Working at Wairau Hospital you will join a dynamic and dedicated team of experienced General Paediatricians providing general paediatric and specialist care for a population of about 49,000; including neonatal care for > 34 weeks gestation, general, ambulatory, developmental and community paediatrics. The child health team works closely with the maternity team who manage 550 deliveries per annum. 

We have close links with the community based Early Years Child Development Service and our paediatric outreach service visits children in their homes. Our busy paediatric outpatient department (with 3 clinic rooms) sits adjacent to our modern in-patient facilities. For very sick and exceedingly specialised and complex children, we have excellent ties to tertiary units in Wellington (NICU), Auckland and Christchurch. 

Weekly teleconferences with the paediatric team at our sister hospital in Nelson (district-wide team of 9 SMO’s), strengthens collaboration across the district for peer review and CPD. Regular teleconferences are also held with tertiary centers as and when required. Outreach visiting clinics are established for Paediatric surgery, Cardiology and Gastroenterology. Neuro-behavioral services are shared with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). 

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

You will first and foremost be a generalist with the skills and energy to contribute to further developing the service to children and families. You will use innovative and creative approaches to

making a difference, and will ideally have experience (or a strong interest in developing expertise) in areas that would complement the current team and the wider district-wide service. 

Qualifications required upon taking up the position:

  • FRACP or equivalent
  • Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Certified Neonatal Life Support training is desirable and APLS (essential)
  • Current Annual Practicing Certificate (or eligible to obtain). 

Desirable experience

  • Interest in diabetes
  • Interest in child behavior and development
  • Community Paediatric skills to support population health. 

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) 

In this role you have the opportunity to apply your paediatric skills to making a real difference to people’s lives. At Nelson Marlborough Health we do great work and we need a great team to help us deliver. The position offers excellent working conditions, a relocation package and flexibility of commencement date. 

Find out more about us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXWFyqsK-1M 

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. You will also have annual access to up-to 10 days and a $16,000 allowance to put towards your continued medical education. 

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

For role specific information please contact Donna Addidle, Service Manager Women Child & Youth, donna.addidle@nmdhb.govt.nz or Stefan Schulze, Paediatrician/HOD  Stefan.Schulze@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 fill in our online application form. https://nmdhb.careercentre.net.nz/Job 

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:  Open until filled 

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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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: W21-068

Location: Wairau Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled