Midland Anaesthesia Tauranga


Tauranga Hospital is a 349 bed secondary hospital servicing the western Bay of Plenty.

Tauranga provides a broad base of clinical experience with some exposure to subspecialties. We provide anaesthetic services for vascular, general and orthopaedic surgery, obstetrics, ENT, urology, and gynaecology.
We also provide paediatric anaesthesia and both acute and chronic pain medicine service.
In addition you will be assisting in trauma resuscitation on a regular basis.

The department consists of 24 consultant anaesthetists and eight registrars.

We are a warm and friendly department dedicated to the provision of a quality service and committed to the concept of a healthy “work-life balance”. 


Anaesthesia training

Tauranga Hospital Anaesthetic department is accredited by ANZCA for two years of anaesthetic training. We are part of the Midland training region along with Waikato and Rotorua hospitals.
We provide entry level positions for anaesthetic trainees (no previous anaesthetic experience required).
A comprehensive introduction to anaesthesia is provided in a consultant supported environment. Trainees will typically do one to two years of their basic training at Tauranga Hospital prior to moving on to advanced training.

The supervisors of training for Waikato, Rotorua and Tauranga work closely together to ensure that all training needs for completion of fellowship can be met within the Midland region.
See Midland Training Program

There are also opportunities for advanced trainees to complete a provisional fellowship year at Tauranga Hospital upon completion of their advanced modules and examinations. 


We support candidates through the examination process.
Entry level registrars participate in a half day a week teaching program provided by the department. This teaching provides an introduction to clinical anaesthetic practice.
Those trainees studying for the Part One examination participate in the half day a week comprehensive teaching program provided at Waikato Hospital. (A hospital pool car is provided for transport to this teaching). This teaching is first class and includes current and former part one examiners.


The anaesthetic registrars provide after-hours cover in a shift work roster. This includes evening, weekend and night shifts.
Level one supervision (consultant on site for all cases) is provided for entry level trainees.
The roster is 1:8 with leave covered internally, and complies with the RDA contract.


Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and surrounds

The region is renowned for its warm and sunny weather, access to the beaches at Mount Maunganui (surfing, swimming, sunbathing, walking), harbour (swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking), cycling (world class mountain biking at Rotorua only one hour away), walking, tramping and much more.

Tauranga Hospital is part of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board(external link).

Contact us

Dr Caroline Zhou
Supervisor of Training
Tauranga Hospital

Ph: (0064) 7 579 8000 and ask to be put through to her mobile
Email: anaesthesiatraining@bopdob.govt.nz