GP (FRNZCGP)/Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist (FDRHMNZ)
Full Time (negotiable)
Clutha Health First (Balclutha) is a truly integrated health centre incorporating a 15 bed medical ward, General Practice, Medical Assessment Unit, Primary Maternity Birthing Unit, onsite radiology and pathology services, a broad range of specialist outpatient clinics and supporting Community/Allied Health services. The secondary service covers the South Otago region with a catchment population of about 16000 and the General Practice servicing 8000 enrolled patients.
We are seeking FRNZCGP and/or FDRHMNZ to join our team of GPs and Rural Hospital Specialists.
The General Practice is Cornerstone accredited and composed of a team of seven GPs, Nurse Practitioners, and support staff. Our GPs are credentialed to provide specialty interest clinics in fracture, breast lump, minor surgery, joint injection and pipelle biopsy. Our staff are able to work closely with specialists who visit Balclutha regularly.
Our clinicians take pride in education and training. We are accredited by the University of Otago to host Rural Medicine Immersion Programme (RMIP) students each year, and we are continuing to host both GPEP1 and GPEP2 registrars each year. Accreditation to host RHM registrars is currently being sought.
Our inpatient unit has 15 acute beds. We employ three dual Fellows and a MOSS on the ward and 2 other dual Fellows provide regular cover. SCL provides basic pathology on site and point of care testing, with a full range of lab testing provided from Dunedin. Pacific Radiology provides office hour X-ray and ultrasound and on call radiology after hours. We have a brand new Sonosite X-port ultrasound machine and we support ongoing POCUS credentialing of our staff.
We aim to further integrate primary and secondary care in order to improve patient care. GPs already have full access to our hospital and the DHB’s notes and vice versa. All our notes (including ward daily notes) are recorded electronically on Medtech (GP) or on Health Connect South (inpatient). GPs and hospital staff have electronic access to radiology images and reports. We hold combined peer review meetings (over videoconference when needed) and will further introduce combined projects aiming at reducing repeat admissions. Combining primary and secondary care also means we can provide extensive admin support not usually available to general practices, e.g., we have an in-house IT specialist and in-house maintenance manager.
Other projects aim to 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.
Ideally you are a rural generalist who can work seamlessly across the primary and secondary services, as we further integrate the two services. However fellows in either discipline who prefer to work either in GP or Rural Hospital Medicine are also encouraged to apply. We will also consider senior registrars near the end of their training. You will have a passion in undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training and can assist in the RMIP teaching and in supervising registrars. Specialist interests are highly desirable.
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 comparable to the ASMS SMO MECA
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.
The following documents are available for this position:
For enquiries or sumbission of an application form (must be accompanied by a completed Police Vetting Form) please contact:
Gary Reed, Clinical Director
Phone: 027 228 5778