Midland Anaesthesia Waikato

Rescue HelicopterWaikato Hospital is a tertiary centre which provides a broad base of clinical experience with sub-speciality exposure to cardiac surgery, paediatric surgery, neurosurgery and advanced pain medicine.

Entry level Anaesthetic positions are designated Senior House Officer. They are equivalent to entry level Registrar positions in many other centres, and recognised by the College for Training.
SHOs do supervised afterhours work, but not night shifts.

Entry level positions are offered in all Midland centres and are equivalent throughout the region whether designated SHO or Registrar.

Anaesthetic registrars work in a supportive environment. All are involved in the night roster and must be able to work with remote supervision. Registrars are only rostered to delivery suite nights after they are considered ready. While there is an acknowledged service role, there are considerable teaching and learning opportunities.


Expectations are high, but so to will be the quality of your training. You will become an integral part of this highly functional department.

Waikato HospitalAll specialised study units

Advanced trainees can complete all specialised study units at Waikato Hospital.

3 years plus ICU

The college will recognise up to 3 years of anaesthetic training and six months of ICU training at Waikato.

Aeromedical retrieval

All trainees can expect to rotate to ICU, including participation in the retrieval service (helicopter and fixed wing), and to present at Grand Round.

Provisional Fellowship

Cardiac, Obstetric and Research Fellowships are now offered for those in the final year of training. Waikato is an excellent centre to transition to the role of Specialist Anaesthetist and other customised fellowships incorporated Neuroanaesthesia or other interest areas are available by negotiation.

Living and working in Hamilton

HamiltonHamilton is an easy city to live in while at the same time offering all the outdoor lifestyle opportunities of the region within a short drive of Auckland.

Waikato Hospital is part of Waikato District Health Board(external link)

Contact us

Alan Crowther
Supervisor of Training
Waikato Hospital

Nicola Whittle
Deputy Supervisor

Kelly Byrne
Deputy Supervisor 

Ph: (0064) 7 839 8899
Email: anaesthesiatraining@waikatodhb.health.nz