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Current Vacancies

Core Midwife / Registered Nurse

We have the opportunity for a Core Midwife or Registered Nurse (preferably with obstetric experience) to join our small, friendly rural birth unit providing primary and postnatal care.

This is a permanent position with hours of work negotiable between 48-72 hours per fortnight (0.6 – 0.9FTE) with rotating 12 hour shifts.  The shifts may include some on call.  The Midwife/RN will be in sole charge while on duty.

The following documents are available for this position:

When applying for this position, your application must be supported by a completed CHF application form and police vetting form (section 2).
Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

For enquiries, or to submit an application, please contact:

Megan Pigou, Maternity Team Leader
Email: or Telephone: 027 201 8131



General Practitioner/RHM (0.80-1.0 FTE)

Clutha Health First is a modern 8 GPs/NPs/GPSI Cornerstone accredited general practice (and hospital). Close to the stunning Catlins Coast, we take pride in teaching and training, at both under-and post-graduate level. It hosts GPEP1-3, year-long RMIP medical students and Rural Hospital Registrars. Currently 3 of our doctors hold a teaching position with the University of Otago.

We are seeking a GP Fellow or dual Fellow to join our team. However, suitably qualified non VR GPs or GP Registrars are welcome to apply. GPs with interest in teaching and/or university academic/rural research positions are very suitable.

Our 4 bed and 2 room acute assessment unit is staffed by Nurse Practitioners (or NP in training). We have a whole range of high level equipment available including a slit lamp, dermoscopy digital camera, a X-Porte bedside ultrasound machine, ENT light, Dragon Dictaphones (integrated with MT32), end tidal CO2 for procedural sedation and other usual GP equipment. There is a spacious procedure room that is equipped with theatre light.

We have our own on site dedicated IT support and both of our hospital and GP staff can access each other’s notes at all times (no waiting on hold on the phone to get the computer fixed!)

After hours is restricted to 5-9pm weeknights only (about 1 in 5) because nights are covered by the hospital team and weekend days are covered by NPs. However you are welcomed to do weekend after hour work if you are interested in acute care.

Our staff have special interests and we run GP (or nurse) led gynae, breast lump and fracture clinics all in conjunction with DHB specialists. We would like to provide more specialty clinics and welcome GPSIs in other areas. We hold visiting specialist clinics in a range of specialties and the specialists are good source of collegial support to our GPs.

We actively support our practice nurses to become prescribing nurse specialists or nurse practitioners and support current GPs to gain specialist skills.

We are fully integrated with our own hospital ward and therefore easy access to a full range of hospital level community services (OT/PT/SW/DN). Referral for hospital admissions is easy with a friendly chat to the hospital team just down the corridor.

We are a very friendly and supportive bunch and in the words of our long time GP “You’ll love it here!”

The following documents are available for this position: 

For enquiries, or to submit an application please contact:
Gary Reed, Clinical Director
Phone: 03 419 0516



GP (FRNZCGP)/Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist (FDRHMNZ)

Full Time (negotiable)

Rural Hospital Consultants 2018

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