Core Midwife/Registered Nurse - Maternity

Clutha Health First is an integrated family health centre offering a range of services including Maternity. 

This is an opportunity for a Core Midwife or Registered Nurse (preferably with obstetric experience) to join our small, friendly rural Maternity unit.

The Midwife/Registered Nurse will be in sole charge while on duty working rotating 12 hour shifts which may include some on call.

Balclutha is within commuting distance of Dunedin and Gore. 

Clutha Health First provides:

  • A friendly rural birth unit;
  • A small, supportive and friendly team environment;
  • Commitment and support with professional development;
  • Competitive pay rates. 

Pre-employment checks: 

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, this appointment will be subject to:

  • Police Vetting,
  • Having received your Covid Vaccinations. 

The following documents are available for this position:

When applying for this position, your application must be supported by a completed CHF application form and police vetting form (section 2). Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

For enquiries or to submit your application, please contact:
Megan Pigou, Maternity Team Leader
Telephone: 027 201 8131 


Senior Medical Officer

We are seeking a Senior/Medical Officer (SMO) to join our Inpatient Ward Medical Team.

Our facility includes:


  • 15 bed Inpatient Medical Ward focussing on medical, rehabilitation and palliative care
  • 3 bed rural primary Maternity Ward including labour and delivery suite
  • Sub-speciality clinics provided by vocationally registered specialists include general surgery, geriatrician, internal medicine, paediatrics, diabetes, radiation oncology, neurology, orthopaedics, gastroenterology
  • Outpatient clinics; both public and private

Allied Health Services:

  • District Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Needs Assessment and Social Worker

General Practice: (Cornerstone accredited)

  • 5 General Practitioners, 2 Nurse Practitioners and 1 Emergency Clinician
  • Sub-speciality services include orthopaedic fracture, breast care, gynaecology, spirometry travel medicine and joint injections.

On Site:

  • Radiology (plain X-rays and ultrasound diagnostics)
  • Community Physiotherapy
  • Community Laboratory

Ongoing provided training at Clutha Health First:

  • We are a Rural Teaching Centre for University of Otago hosting RMIP 5th year med students for 1 year
  • GP Registrars, nursing, midwifery and occupational therapy students


Senior Medical Officer (SMO):

The Senior / Medical Officer will be one of the three doctors working on a rotational basis on the Inpatient Ward.  When rostered to work, the SMO is the sole doctor responsible for the medical care of admitted patients including acute admissions, daily ward round, diagnostics, discharge planning and organising interhospital transfers as appropriate.

Clutha Health First is a truly integrated rural health facility delivering services to approximately 17,000 residents in South Otago.  Integration means that hospital doctors have full access to GP notes and vice versa.  All our notes (including ward daily notes) are recorded electronically on Medtech (GP) or on Health Connect South (inpatient).  GPs and hospital staff have electronic access to radiology images and reports.  We hold combined peer review meetings (over videoconference when needed) and engage in strategies aiming at reducing repeat admissions.  Combining primary and secondary care also means we can provide extensive administration support to both the hospital and general practice.

Clutha Health First does not operate an emergency department.  During the day, acute presentations are assessed initially by the General Practice and referrals may be made to the Inpatient Ward doctor.  Overnight and after 6pm in weekends, the SMO manages the ward together with providing after hours GP service ie in addition to acute admissions and ward work, the SMO will assess presentations and manage them accordingly.  Acute presentations are first screened through the HomeCareMedical triaging service before the SMO is contacted.

Day shifts are 8am – 5.15pm.  Night shifts 5pm – 8am.

When rostered nights, the SMO will typically work on the ward during the evening before going home for the night, after which they will be available by phone and will return to the ward as required.

The SMOs enjoy a close working relationship and the support of a well-established team of experienced nurses.  Support and advice is available from specialty services operating out of the local base hospital in Dunedin.  Local support and advice is also available from the onsite GPs and other doctors.  Because the SMO is covering after hour GP, it is still essential that the SMO is comfortable with the wide range of after hour GP presentations as well as rural hospital presentations including paediatrics.

SMOs must be PGY4 or have a wide range of clinical experience, ideally rurally so that the SMO understands the different challenges working in an area without on-site specialty support.  Medical, ED, paediatric, GP registrar/SHO experience are all highly desirable.  SMOs must be eligible for Medical Council registration in New Zealand. 

We offer our SMO:

  • Experience with general medicine patients and involvement in some emergency presentations
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Strong support systems from the medical team, visiting physician, on site GPs and Management,
  • Association with the Dunedin tertiary hospital, visiting consultants and the University of Otago
  • Access to the Southern District Health Board education programme
  • A lifestyle which enables time to explore the local and wider district.


Our town – Balclutha:

Balclutha is 1 hour from Dunedin where there is a tertiary hospital, Medical School and Otago University.  We are on the doorstep to the Catlins coastline with beaches and surf breaks within 20 minutes drive.  Going inland, we are 2½ hours from Central Otago (Queenstown, Wanaka) where there are wineries, beautiful lakes for water sports in the summer and mountains for skiing in the winter.  Along with greater involvement in a smaller community, strong educational facilities and lower cost of living, our MO's can experience an increased quality of life.

For further information on the Clutha District please visit


The following documents are available for this position:

When applying for this position, your application must be supported by a completed CHF application form and police vetting form (section 2). Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

For enquiries or to submit your application, please contact:
Gary Reed, Clinical Director
Telephone: 027 228 5778


General Practitioner 

Full Time, Permanent. 

We seek a permanent General Practitioner working 8 to 10 sessions (4 to 5 days) per week with no on-call or weekend requirements.

Our team includes 5 GPs, 2 Nurse Practitioners, GPEP Registrars and a large Nursing and Administration support team.  Our GPs provide specialty interest clinics in fracture, breast care, minor surgery, point of care US and joint injection.   Sub-specialty interests are welcome: currently we have an opening within our GPSI Skin Lesion Programme.

This tight knit team are looking for a natural team player who enjoys clinical variety and has a strong focus on patient quality. If you enjoy the benefits of a collegial and supportive team, are easy-going but well organised then this is the perfect role for you!

This position offers:

  • No after hours, on-call or weekend hours;
  • The ability to provide or upskill to a sub-specialty interest;
  • A model of care that’s integrated across primary and secondary services;
  • An innovative, progressive and supportive organisation. 

Our Practice: 

Based in Balclutha, the general practice has 8,300 enrolled patients, is Cornerstone accredited and is underway to be credentialed in the Health Care Home programme.  The GP practice is part of a truly integrated health centre incorporating a general practice Medical Assessment Unit, 15 bed medical ward, Primary Maternity Birthing Unit, onsite radiology and pathology services, a broad range of specialist private and public outpatient clinics and supporting Community/Allied Health services which combine to produce a well-supported working environment.

Located on the banks of the Clutha River, 1 hour from Dunedin and 20 mins from the Catlins coastline, South Otago offers a broad range of outdoor and sporting opportunities.  Easy access to beaches and rivers, a relaxed lifestyle, friendly people and a supportive community with strong educational facilities all combine to deliver the work life balance you could be looking for.

The following documents are available for this position: 

When applying for this position, your application must be supported by a completed CHF application form and police vetting form (section 2). Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. 

For enquiries or to submit your application, please contact:
Gary Reed, Clinical Director
Telephone:  027 228 5778


 Why Clutha Health First?

We have a large, modern facility which is well equipped with modern technology. Clutha Health First has great collegial relationships between our staff and General Practitioners both onsite and within the Clutha District.

We offer generous education allowances and annual leave entitlements. We are supportive of staff training and professional development.

Clutha Health First is accredited with the Health and Disability Sector Standards for Inpatient and Maternity services, including Infection Prevention and Contol and Restraint Minimisation and Safe Practice; our Genaral Practice is Cornerstone accredited, and our Maternity Unit also is accredited in Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).


Clutha is a great place to achieve work/life balance. With stunning scenery, vibrant thriving communities and plenty of space it’s life at a slower southern pace.

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