House Officers and Registrars

Looking for top quality teaching, research opportunities and good support?


Waikato Hospital is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary teaching hospitals with a full range of sub-specialties on one campus. 

You are at the stage where you want to 

  • practice your skills,
  • extend your knowledge
  • and build a strong foundation for your career

You can do it here

We offer professional and personal support for year 2, 3 and 4 house officers and registrars including:

  • a full programme of clinical education
  • involvement in research activities
  • excellent academic and clinical skills training centre
  • strong links to the Auckland University Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
  • an RMO Unit that is there to provide guidance, support and has an “open door/drop in” ethos.

Add to this

  • a vibrant campus – a place to meet new friends as well as learn new skills
  • a friendly city set on the beautiful Waikato River, with a huge range of outdoor activities on the doorstep.

Let's talk!  Check out our Vacancies listings for house officer and registrar positions.  

But if you can't see what you want, don't hesitate to get in touch with us and see if we can match up your interests and our needs. The people you should talk to are:

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Thames Hospital

Looking to gain a more generalist clinical experience? Wanting to get hands-on alongside excellent clinicians?

Then think about working at Thames Hospital. It is modern 54-bed rural community hospital at Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula.

A smaller hospital can offer more 'hands-on' clinical involvement within a friendly and supportive team. The hospital now boasts new clinical facilities and equipment, and has been modernised to a high standard.

Thames is a lovely coastal town renown for its fishing and friendliness.

Read more about Thames Hospital

House officer formal education sessions - 2017

Wednesdays 1.30 – 2.30pm (Bring your lunch)

Venue: CETU meeting room - Level 1 Campbell Johnstone Building

Application process

You do not need to use a recruitment agency when applying to work at Waikato DHB. You can apply directly to the Medical Recruitment Coordinator.

Applications for house offer positions are welcome at any time. Talk to us about what is available, keep in touch.

All applications and doctor’s personal information are dealt with in the strictest confidence. House Officer and Registrars jobs become available throughout each 'doctor' year - specific vacancies are advertised and suitably qualified doctors are invited to apply online. The online recruitment assists with the co-ordination of candidate information through a centralised database to assist with the selection/allocation of clinical attachments for House Officers and Registrars across the DHB.

All applicants need to be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). Click here(external link) to assess whether you meet their criteria.

Applicants must also be eligible for a work permit through New Zealand Immigration. Click here(external link) for more information and to see if you qualify.

Often doctors are planning their future placements and employment dates well in advance of planned recruitment cycles and outside of specifically advertised positions.

Waikato DHB welcomes such expressions of interest. We are currently developing our online capabilities to accept such expressions of interest. 

In the interim, you can register your interest in working at Waikato DHB by sending through a current version of your CV via email to Penny Simpson or Paul Miller. (Please include some indication of the clinical attachments/specialty areas you would be interested in working in, the length of employment you are ideally seeking and your proposed start date of employment with us. Please note: registering an expression of interest hold no guarantee of employment)

We will also require certified copies of the following documents, but our medical recruitment coordinator will request these at the appropriate time during the application process: 

  • Medical qualification/transcript
  • Personal details of your passport (and work visa and permit/NZ residency permit if applicable) OR birth certificate accompanied by driver’s licence
  • Post-graduate qualification (if applicable)
  • The process we follow once an application is received:

      • The Medical Recruitment Coordinator will contact you and discuss the allocation of rotations, how long you are wanting to stay and when you are thinking of commencing employment. At this stage we need to discuss any special requirements you may have e.g. if you want to return to the UK for a fixed period to attend interviews or sit exams.

      • You CV will be forwarded to the appropriate clinical director for vetting.

      • If your CV is approved as suitable, and if a suitable vacancy exists, we will send you a job offer letter, a position description and a job acceptance form. Each job offer normally has a stated time within which you need to accept or decline the offer.

      • If your CV is not suitable, we will advise you.

    • When you accept a job offer, the Medical Recruitment Coordinator will send you an enrolment and information pack and get in touch with you about any additional forms and information we need.
    • The Medical Recruitment Coordinator then lodges the papers with the MCNZ to start the formal process of getting you registered. The MCNZ will notify you if additional information is required. They will notify you when registration has been approved and will send you a list of MCNZ agents you can visit on your arrival in New Zealand to have all your documentation formally checked and approved – so remember to bring the listed original documents with you

The whole process can take up to 13 weeks to complete.