General information

This document contains the sizing and pay category information for registrars, house officers and PGY1s. Please note that with the ratification of the new RDA DHB MECA in February 2017, Waikato DHB will be working to adjust roster templates on some rosters. This may result in changes to the ‘run sizings’ list in the document attached below

Position descriptions

Waikato DHB has a position description (PD) for each ‘clinical attachment’ that an RMO works in, for year one house officers, other house officers, plus registrars.

PGY1 position descriptions:

A copy of the relevant PD should be sent to potential candidates along with their job offer letter.

House officer position descriptions:

Each position description is composed of three sections:

Section one

This details the people and performance requirements of employment at Waikato DHB and the related key accountabilities eg, personal and professional development, purpose of the position, training and experience, key competencies, reporting lines, etc.

This section is generic for all house officer positions and generic for all registrar position

Section two

This section relates directly to Clause 10 - 'Run Description' in the RMOs’ Multi Employer Collective Agreement (NZRDA DHB MECA).

It lists:

  • The Medical Council of New Zealand’s (MCNZ’s) accredited categorisation – on the front page (and NOT to be confused with the pay scale categorisation which appears on the back pages following ‘hours of work’ and ‘salary’ details)
  • Clinical duties
  • Scheduled education and training
  • Daily work schedule
  • How assessments are to be completed
  • Administrative duties required of the RMO
  • Rostered duties and hours of work
  • Salary – how these hours of work relate to the sizing of clinical attachment (the NZRDA DHB MECA has set the average weekly hours worked and has graduated these from an ‘F’ category = 40-44.9 hrs to an ‘A’ category = 65+hrs). Obviously the higher the number of average hours worked per week, the higher the salary scale.

Section three


  • When a Resident Medical Officer (RMO) should call the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) about inpatients under their care and about ward referrals: the principles of delegated responsibility
  • There may be other documents appended such as:
    • Roster details
    • Daily work schedules
    • Work expectations
    • Other documents related to a particular clinical attachment