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Medical Officer: Fellow of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine

Clutha Health First (Balclutha) is an integrated health centre incorporating a 15 bed acute medical ward, General Practice, Medical Assessment Unit, Primary Maternity Unit, community Radiology service, community Laboratory, a broad range of Outpatient clinics and supporting Community/Allied Health services. The secondary service covers the South Otago region with a catchment population of about 16,000. 

Clutha Health First operates the only general practice in Balclutha with an enrolled population of about 8,000. It is Cornerstone accredited and composed of a team of seven GPs, Nurse Practitioners, and supporting staff. 

Clutha Health First is an accredited Rural Teaching Centre for the University of Otago Rural Medicine Immersion Programme and hosts three RMIP students each year. We also currently host two GPEP1 registrars and will continue to hold both GPEP1 and GPEP2 registrars in the future. Application to host RHM registrars is underway.

We are seeking permanent rural generalist(s) to work as Medical Officer(s) at the inpatient unit, starting March 2018. On the ward you will be responsible for all the patients on the ward as well as all acute admissions. The laboratory provides basic pathology onsite and point of care testing, with a full range of lab testing provided from Dunedin. There is on call radiology after hours. We have recently acquired a brand new Sonosite X-port ultrasound machine.

We are recently joined by a dual Fellow who has taken on the Medical Director role. We aim to progressively align our model of care to that of a modern NZ rural hospital utilising Fellows of Rural Hospital Medicine. You will provide vital input into this change.

We also aim to further enhance the patient flow between St John ambulance, General Practice, the Medical Assessment Unit, the Inpatient Ward, thereby improving continuity of care from primary to secondary (and then back to primary) services. In adopting the modern rural hospital model, we want to reduce patient transfers to our tertiary referral hospital (Dunedin). This position therefore ideally suits a Fellow dual trained in Rural Hospital Medicine and General Practice, or a senior registrar nearly completing RHM training. RHM Fellows who are not a Fellow of General Practice are also suitable.

This position offers you:

  • Innovative, progressive and friendly organisation
  • Model of care that is integrated across primary and secondary services
  • Opportunity to work across the primary and secondary boundary
  • Opportunity to affect positive change in the community
  • Attractive remuneration package consistent with the ASMS SMO MECA
  • Attractive full time 2 weeks on:1 week off roster (part time appointments considered)

With the world class surf beaches and the Catlins coastline just 20 minutes’ drive and Central Otago 1.5 hours away, outdoor and sporting opportunities are broad, while close proximity to Dunedin (1hr) allows family members to pursue career options in a city if necessary. South Otago offers a relaxed lifestyle, friendly people and supportive community with strong educational facilities all combining to deliver a good work life balance.

For further information please contact:

Dr Yan Wong, Medical Director
Phone: 027 577 2740