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Christchurch Hospitals - great places for Junior Doctors - RMOs, HOUSE OFFICERS AND SHOs who want to be part of an exciting new future.

Christchurch is a city that’s had a beating, but life is quickly returning to a new kind of normal. In many parts of the city, things are just as they've always been.


Businesses, restaurants, bars and cafes that once called the central city home are finding new – and often innovative – homes in the suburbs. New and interesting retail precincts are springing up alongside traditional retailers, and future high streets are making their presence known, often one store at a time.


You may well find yourself working in the midst of a vibrant, ever-changing neighbourhood where good coffee is as close as the nearest pop-up espresso cart, and great restaurants and cafes remain a short walk away.


Neighbourhoods not far from Christchurch hospitals that were short on places to eat, drink and shop are finding themselves right at the heart of new-found activity. There’s a buzz that just wasn’t there before. It’s exciting to see the potential that emerges from adversity, and now that the dust is settling, the creativity and tenacity of Cantabrians are shining through.


We’re delighted that so many Resident Medical Officers looking for House Officer, SHO and Registrar positions continue to come to work in Christchurch hospitals are up for it, too.


Annual Recruitment
Our Annual Recruitment process for RMOs opens in April/May each year and abides by the NZ medical year*. To make life easy, we have the same application process for both New Zealand residents and overseas applicants.


You will be notified of the outcome of your application by:


17 August 2020 - Registrars
31 August 2020 - House Officers
26 September 2020 - First Year House Officers



Important Information for Overseas Doctors Seeking RMO Positions



House Officers are doctors or dentists in their first 1 to 4 years of post graduate clinical practice. PGY1 & PGY2 doctors participate in the Medical Council of NZ pre-vocational training programme and are required to do accredited runs (clinical attachments).

Registrars are doctors who have completed at least two years post graduate clinical experience. Registrars may or may not have entered advanced training.




The CDHB is always interested in hearing from RMOs who are enquiring about Registrar and House Officer positions. We recruit RMOs throughout the year, in particular in November for House Officers and December for Registrars.

Some UK doctors who have worked here have commented that the level of responsibility afforded to House Officers here is less than what they have been used to at home and have therefore found it appropriate to commence work as a Registrar on arrival in NZ or shortly thereafter.

All international applicants must be eligible for general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand for their applications to be considered.

For example if you are UK trained, you must have completed your Foundation years and if you are Australian trained, you must have at least 12 months practice.

The medical year in NZ runs from November to November for House Officers, and from December to December for Registrars.

Most House Officer positions involve 3 month rotations throughout the year. Some specialty areas including Obstetrics & Gynaecology, ED, Anaesthesia and Paediatrics however have six month rotations.

Incoming RMOs, and all RMOs continuing beyond November/December changeovers are asked to express their run preferences. Runs are allocated based on a combination of individual’s preferences, training requirements/objectives, and consideration of service needs.



If you're a Overseas RMO and wish to further your career in beautiful New Zealand, apply now!


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    32 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, New Zealand

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    • 32 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, New Zealand

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