Orientation

Welcome to Waikato DHB

Moving to a new location and starting a new job can be very daunting – where do you start in your search for accommodation, schooling for your children, searching for a job for your partner plus finding answers to all those other questions you have when setting up ‘house’.

At ‘sign on’ we give RMOs commencing employment at the Waikato DHB  a copy of the ‘Hamilton City Map +Index” and for those new to New Zealand we give them a copy of the Hamilton City Council publication – ‘Hamilton New Settlers Guide’ which is updated annually; these publications are available on the Hamilton City Council website www.hcc.govt.nz(external link) and contain useful and general contact details and information 


“Waikato’s RMO Pocketbook (an orientation guide)”

Starting at a new hospital has its challenges – where to go, who to contact, policies and guidelines, forms to fill out, procedures to follow, to name but a few. ‘Waikato’s RMO Pocketbook (an Orientation guide)’ was developed to help you with all of this.

This booklet has been written by doctors for doctors and is intended to be a ‘dummy’s’ guide to being an RMO at Waikato DHB; hopefully this pocketbook will give you the basic information you need to get you started and survive on the wards on a day-to-day basis; if there is still anything that you are unsure about, either ask one of your colleagues (as many of them have been here a while) or speak to the RMO Unit. This booklet will be handed out to all new RMOs at the commencement of their employment

House Office orientation manual

Registrar orientation manual

PGY1 specific

Clinical attachment/Unit orientation summary sheets

Throughout the year you will be rotating into different clinical attachments; while there is often a ‘service specific’ orientation that is organised at each change-over, often the information about codes for lockers, who does what, the daily work routine etc. are not covered. The 'Unit Orientation Summary Sheets' have been designed to give you that information and to help you ‘find your feet’ in your new clinical attachment / ward /specialty area. It may be helpful to download all four ‘Unit Orientation Summary Sheets’ corresponding to where you will be working during each year. (The documents below can be viewed on the Waikato DHB ‘intranet’ site after you have signed on and being given your computer access)

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Dermatology
  • Endoscopy
  • ENT
  • Gastroenterology / Diabetes
  • General Surgery
    • ‘Green’ team
    • ‘Blue’ team
    • ‘Orange’ team
  • General Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Maxillo-Facial
  • Medical Oncology
  • Mental Health
  • O+G
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric Medicine
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Palliative Care
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal
  • Respiratory
  • Urology
  • Vascular

Useful publications

Training and Education

Useful documents

During our PGY1 orientation there is a series of presentations on death certification, patient deaths and medico – legal issues. This information would also be relevant for all new RMOs starting at Waikato DHB 

Attached are some relevant documents 

All RMOs

Administrative forms

As with all organisations there are a number of forms that needs to be completed at various times. 

Just as a familiarisation excercise, these are the forms RMOs will most frequently use. 

Finding your way