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The Department of Anaesthesia is a very active unit, providing services to one of the largest single site hospitals in New Zealand. The Anaesthesia team at Waikato Hospital has a strong track record in teaching, continuing medical education and research, and aims to be a centre of anaesthetic excellence in New Zealand.

What we offer:

  1. Supportive, collegial department
  2. Varied workload of high clinical interest
  3. Strong track record in teaching  

The team performs over 23,000 anaesthetic procedures per year in all tertiary surgical specialties.
In mid-2013, 10 new operating theatres opened at Waikato Hospital, providing additional facilities for the department and a growth in its functions. This brings the total number of theatres to 22. 

The team

  • Anaesthesia40 Specialist Anaesthetists (32.5 FTE) including a Professor of Anaesthesia - more information of specialist roles (LINK)
  • an Anaesthetic executive group (AEG)
  • 25.5 FTE Registrar - Resident Medical Officers (RMO) - more information on RMO roles (LINK)
  • 3 FTE Senior house officer - more information on SHO roles (LINK) 
  • 39.5 FTE Anaesthetic technicians including service technicians and technician educator
  • Pain nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist
  • Unit manager
  • Clerical staff
  • Department research scientist - more information on the Academic department (LINK)


  • AnaesthesiaAnaesthesia for Emergency and Elective Surgery
  • Obstetric Anaesthesia
  • Cardiac Anaesthesia
  • Paediatric Anaesthesia
  • Neuroanaesthesia
  • Remote location Anaesthesia (interventional radiology, cardiology, brachytherapy, ECT)
  • Inpatient and Chronic Pain Service
  • Pre-Anaesthetic Assessment Clinic
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiography (intraoperative and ICU)

Continuing medical education

In addition to a monthly meeting (morbidity and mortality, education session and department business meeting), a monthly evening journal club is hosted in the home of a Consultant.
The Waikato Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre provides regular anaesthesia crisis training sessions as well as NZ Resuscitation Council courses.
The organisation is committed to provision of CME leave and allowances as per by the MECA.

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