Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) welcome overseas Health Professionals to work with us in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.
We offer a great working environment with excellent and supportive training opportunities and seamless career progression. You’ll have a fantastic work/life balance and the great outdoors to explore.
“The amount you can do in a weekend is incredible. We hit the jackpot coming here. There really is something for everyone.” – RMO, Southern DHB
Southern DHB is open to discussing how we will assist you in your relocation to New Zealand, including Immigration New Zealand and Medical Council of New Zealand requirements.
About Southern DHB
Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand’s health boards. It is located in the lower South Island of New Zealand, servicing a population base of 315,600 people with 89% of our population based in the two cities of Dunedin and Invercargill and the remainder spread across towns and rural communities, set amongst New Zealand’s iconic tourist destinations – Queenstown, Wanaka, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Central Otago and the Otago Peninsula.
Southern DHB has a staff of approximately 4,500 across the Otago and Southland regions. Both Dunedin and Southland (based in Invercargill) Hospitals are teaching facilities, working in close collaboration with the University of Otago and its prestigious Dunedin School of Medicine (established in 1877) – producing clinical graduates for the whole country plus providing health services for the people of Otago and Southland.
Where we are
They say that the further South you go in New Zealand, the friendlier the people and the more relaxed the lifestyle. Southern DHB opportunities indeed epitomise this popular proposition – Southern hospitality is legendary!
Southern DHB is the southernmost DHB in New Zealand and comprises the provinces of Otago and Southland.Southern DHB has a land area of over 62,356 sq km which is the largest DHB region in New Zealand, and a coastline of nearly 5000km.
“Being the first port of call for the South means we get a huge range of injuries – especially all the cases coming off the mountain in ski season” – RMO, Southern DHB.
Southern New Zealand is ‘Damn Near Perfect’!
Think of anything you’ve always wanted to do, and chances are you’ll realise your dream in Otago and Southland. If it’s adventure you’re searching for, it’s out there – hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, windsurfing, mountain climbing, hunting, bungy jumping, hang gliding, surfing, mountain biking, skiing.
You want spectacular scenery, just feast your eyes. You want wide open spaces, heritage architecture, wildlife in its natural habitat, fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, art and culture, crafts, historic places and impressive sporting facilities…you’ve come to the right place. Our region has it all, and then some. Plus a relaxed, informal café culture which you can indulge in as you watch the world pass by. It’s not just a fantastic new lifestyle; it really is a giant life!
Both centres boast an affordable, high standard of housing. In fact some of the more elite residential areas regularly feature well-priced grand old stately homes for sale (reflective of the low local cost of living relative to the rest of New Zealand), which would be out of reach on most international real estate markets. The lack of time-wasting and frustrating commutes is a massive bonus too. In most cases it’s even possible to simply “pop home” for lunch.
“I have the BEST commute – it’s a 5 minute walk, it’s ridiculous.” – RMO, Southern DHB.
Involvement in family life is the norm – catch the all important school plays and sporting moments! And speaking of things scholastic, both regions offer outstanding levels of learning from pre-school and childcare to secondary and tertiary. Low student/teacher ratios ensure personalised attention maximises learning potential. Plus so many outdoor education opportunities abound, so close by.
“If you want a life outside of the hospital, this is the region to work for.” RMO, Southern DHB