Oral medicine specialist based in Wellington, New Zealand

The Capital and Coast District Health Board is looking for an oral medicine specialist to relocate to New Zealand.

Location: Wellington

Contract: permanent, part-time (32.4 hours per week)

About the role

The oral medicine specialist (OMS) will provide diagnostic and clinical management of patients with chronic and medically-related disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region in accordance with service specifications and scope of practice.

Support is provided by dental house-surgeons, senior dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

It is expected that the OMS will develop service pathways and develop strong links with relevant medical and surgical specialities.

This role is essential as part of the provision to cancer services, especially head and neck.

This position does not have an on call component.

About the service

The Dental and Oral Health Service provides hospital-based oral health and dental services concerned with maintaining or restoring to function, the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and its supporting and associated structures.

In particular, those areas affected by major trauma, infection, developmental anomalies, pathology, or the underlying medical or psychological status of the person.

The service provides clinical services that are an essential part of in-patient and outpatient hospital medical and surgical treatment.

The service also has a role in educating hospital staff in the maintenance of oral hygiene and improving oral comfort and function for in-patients.

Hospital dental services play a complementary role to the services provided by private dental practitioners and school dental services, but they are not an alternative system.

The Dental and Oral Health Service is staffed by a team of clinical and non-clinical staff who provide a strong commitment to the service and demonstrate expertise in delivering care to the specialised patient group.

The service has dental departments located at Wellington and Kenepuru hospitals.


  • Provide clinical care to regional oral medicine patients
  • Develop regional clinical pathways
  • Support dental and oral health clinicians.

Skills and experience

  • Registration with the Dental Council of New Zealand as an oral medicine specialist
  • Broad experience in all branches of general dentistry with at least some background in hospital dentistry or an allied area of dentistry
  • Minimal five years recent experience post-graduation
  • Have a current driver’s licence.

About the organisation

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has the equivalent of around 4,300 full-time staff, making us a major employer in the Wellington region.

CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu.

Here at CCDHB we embrace diversity and welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions.

A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, a cultural and cosmopolitan epicentre renowned for its vibrant cafés, restaurants, international sporting and cultural events set in a beautiful natural harbour.

With easy access to vineyards in the Wairarapa and beaches on the Kapiti Coast, there’s plenty of opportunity for adventure or simply to relax and unwind.

How to apply

Applications will not be accepted via email.

All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online CCDHB application form by clicking the ‘apply now’ button.

Please note we will be considering applications as they are submitted.

Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format.

For further information on this role, please email [email protected] and please indicate the vacancy number (SMO30-19) and job title in the subject line.

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