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Emergency Medicine Registrars, Palmerston North Hospital (VID: 6662)

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Location: Palmerston North Hospital
Position Type: Medical
Appointment Type: Permanent/Negotiable
Close Date: 30/09/2023
The Organisation

Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua MidCentral (MidCentral) is part of Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand and provides healthcare services to over 180,000 people across the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Tararua regions. With a large hospital campus in Palmerston North, it also provides key health care and support services to neighbouring communities.

Part-time, Full-time, permanent positions; six- and twelve-month attachments starting with immediate effect
  • Full and part time positions available immediately
  • Salary $113,000 - $164,000 annually
  • ACEM Tier 2 site with accreditation for 24 months of training
  • Satisfy your ACEM Critical Care component with our dedicated six month rotation in Anaesthesia
  • Supplement your Emergency Medicine training with our excellent non-ED accredited runs in General Medicine, Cardiology, Paediatric Medicine
  • Be a part of our established Primary and Fellowship examination programmes

Applications are invited for the position of Emergency Medicine Registrar for the January 2024 training year in Te Whatu Ora MidCentral, in Te Papaioea Palmerston North. Part-time positions are available by arrangement. For successful ACEM advanced trainees, a six month rotation in Anaesthetics is available after completing six months in our Emergency Department. This is accredited towards the Critical Care component of the training programme.
Te Whatu Ora MidCentral Emergency Department is an Australasian Level 4 regional trauma centre with approximately 55,000 presentations per annum. The ED sees a large volume of trauma due to its large rural catchment area, as well as high acuity paediatric and adult medical patients. There is excellent exposure to critical procedures, and we see a vast range of complex pathology. There is access to all medical and surgical subspecialties with the exception of cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery and plastic surgery; patients requiring these services are transferred to Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. 
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
Te Whatu Ora MidCentral Emergency Department has a close-knit team of FACEMs who are committed to providing a supportive training environment, and to the career development of our registrars. The Emergency Department is a mixed ED and is Tier 2 accredited under the revised Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) training programme (24 months). It is also accredited for Paediatric Emergency Medicine and the Paediatric Logbook components of the training programme. Once within our organisation, trainees can apply for excellent non-ED accredited runs in paediatric medicine, cardiology and general medicine. The role of ED Registrar has an equity focus to ensure patients and whānau meet their health equity needs, with particular regard to improving the health outcomes for Māori as a population.
Painga | What's in it for you
Our department is committed to supporting our trainees as they progress through the ACEM training programme. The department prides itself on its weekly, structured, protected teaching programme which is consultant led. This programme is delivered using an array of teaching strategies (tutorials, simulation sessions, clinical skills workshops, morbidity and mortality meetings, clinical radiology sessions) and features dedicated paediatric emergency medicine teaching.
For junior trainees, there is a highly supported and successful Primary examination teaching programme with one of the highest success rates across Australasia. Our Fellowship examination preparation programme is run by FACEMs who are on the ACEM Council of Education Fellowship Exam Writing Group. Both the Primary and Fellowship examination programme sessions are delivered weekly in addition to the protected teaching programme. 
The department also offers an embedded mentoring programme which aligns with the ACEM mentoring strategy. In addition there are opportunities for clinical research and  involvement in departmental non-clinical portfolios by agreement. For our advanced trainees there is the opportunity to apply for the Senior Registrar role, which brings exposure to leadership and management, and which is remunerated accordingly.

As a department we are committed to the ACEM Aotearoa Manaaki Mana Strategy. During your time with us you will be provided with cultural competence and cultural safety training which will progress you into learning about Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document which encapsulates the fundamental relationship between the Crown and Iwi. You will be given the opportunity to more deeply understand our responsibility to eliminate Māori health inequities, and how to practise Emergency Medicine in a way that honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Mōu ake | About you
Ideal applicants will have completed at least 6 months in Emergency Medicine, and should be post-graduate year 3 or above. Applicants who are successful for this position may have the opportunity to apply for the ACEM training programme, if not already enrolled. You will require dual expertise in Māori health advocacy and clinical practice. Your approach will be whānau-centred healthcare, which means people are at the heart of everything you do.  You will demonstrate knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an understanding of, Te Ao Māori and promote tikanga and Te Reo Māori. You will also have knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an appreciation of, te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) as it applies in the health sector.

Come and join us

Employing over 2500 people, MidCentral offers a supportive work environment that accepts and values all employees.

The MidCentral region offers an excellent lifestyle for families with scenic spots for hiking and mountain-biking, great schools and tertiary institutions.  With the mountains, city and sea at your doorstep, you’ll get to taste the best of both worlds – the perfect blend of rural and city living. 

For more information about these positions, or for information about ACEM training, please contact:

Dr Chris Underwood (Director of Emergency Medicine Training)
Dr Aidan Murray FACEM (Registrar recruitment co-lead)
Dr Kasia Hunt FACEM (Registrar recruitment co-lead)
For more information about our beautiful city and region visit:
To Apply:
Please apply online or send your application to:
RMO Recruitment Officer
Medical Administration Unit
Private Bag 11036
Palmerston North
Tel: 06 350 8828

 ​As applications are received they will be reviewed and shortlisting may take place earlier than the advertised closing date.
MidCentral actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve. We strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We aim to develop a diverse team that reflects the communities that we serve and we welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.



Please forward your enquiries to:
Medical Administration Unit
Private Bag 11036
Palmerston North 4442


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