Specialist Nicu

September 19 2022
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Physicians
International, IN

Where you’ll be working: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Waikato Hospital (Hamilton, New Zealand)

The details: Permanent full-time, 80 hours per fortnight (1.0FTE)

We are looking for a passionate Neonatologist to work in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which has a total of 41 cots, 17 level three (intensive care) cots, 12 level one (low acuity), 12 level two (intermediate care).

This is a full time position and it is expected that the successful candidate will take part in the acute on call roster. Part-time could be considered with an affiliation of a research position with the University of Auckland.

You will enjoy working in a supportive and tight knit team environment and be inspirational in your practice. Subspecialty training or experience will be advantageous but not essential. Neonatologists supervise all aspects of the care of critically ill newborn infants within the Neonatal Intensive Care unit and follow up care.

This role includes conducting regular ward rounds and supervising the activities of junior medical staff as well as liaising with referring practitioners, sub-specialty services and families; as well as supervision and training of Advanced Trainees in General Paediatrics and / or Neonatal/Perinatal medicine.

We are seeking a consultant who will provide excellent, family centred clinical services to children and their families as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will therefore be expected to participate in review and improvement activities, as well as the training and education of staff.

Applicants will hold FRACP (Neonatal/Perinatal or equivalent) and be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand as a Specialist in Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine.

It will be an advantage if you have:

  1. Demonstrated clinical experience managing newborns with surgical and cardiac conditions
  2. Demonstrated experience in neonatal neuro-developmental follow-up
  3. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and continuing education
  4. Special interest in research and quality improvement, training in QI programmes such as EPIQ
  5. Experience or willingness to maintain relevant databases
  6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and provide leadership of a team
  7. Detailed knowledge of the neonatal network within New Zealand including the roles of each of the units, usual referral mechanisms and the ability to negotiate the best placement of patients if and when neonatal beds are limited.
  8. Demonstrated effective clinical communication through the use of information technology and written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  9. A member of or certification with the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine

Why us:

Te Whatu Ora Waikato is one of the largest regions in New Zealand. We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. We run five hospitals across the district – a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa. The NICU provides tertiary care to the entire Midland region population, which includes Lakes, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti and Taranaki regions.

Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including neonatology, trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary competencies and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities. It is the only hospital where you can be on acute on call from a lifestyle block.

Why the Waikato?

Waikato is the fourth largest region in New Zealand and located just south of Auckland. It features a wide range of world-class outdoor and cultural experiences. You can surf the world-famous beaches of Raglan, swim at the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel, hike our majestic mountain ranges, tour the Hobbiton shire, experience the magic of the Waitomo glowworm caves, and encounter a vast array of flora and fauna at the remarkable Maungatautari Ecological Reserve. Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton is New Zealand’s largest metropolitan inland city. Hamilton’s vibrant city centre and rich cultural mix makes it an ideal place to experience the authentic friendly Kiwi lifestyle. Learn more about living in the mighty Waikato here.


Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato Health & Safety has a policy that includes ensuring that you comply with the Health Order announced 11 October 2021 and with the Vaccine Preventable Diseases for Employees policy. The policy prescribes the required vaccinations including COVID19 for all employees of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato. COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory before you commence employment.

Your application:

Please apply directly online, and to review the position description.


Applications are not able to be accepted via email. For any queries about the role please contact Bryleigh Gordon in the Recruitment Team on Bryleigh.gordon@waikatodhb.health.nz or click the Apply button to apply.

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