Forensic Pathologist

  • Company:
    Canterbury District Health Board
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    2 days ago
  • Category:

Our Purpose

The Canterbury District HealthBoard systematically plan, fund and deliver care to almost 600,000 people that livein the Canterbury region. The Canterbury Health System is a world leader in thedelivery of integrated health care. Our main focus is placing people(staff and patients alike) at the centre of everything we do.

The Team

Forensic pathologists play a crucialrole in supporting the families of deceased, through their expert service tocoroners, NZ Police and courts. This service is funded by theMinistry of Justice, operating through CDHB in a long-term contract.

Our team is located on theChristchurch Hospital Campus and is supported by modern, well equipped mortuaryfacilities with an enthusiastic and skilled technical workforce.

You will work alongside 3-4 otherpathologists undertaking and supervising autopsy examinations of sudden,unexplained or unexpected deaths for coroners. This will include professionalduties in conjunction with the NZ Police and the Crown prosecution service forsuspicious deaths and homicides. The unit serves a population of about 1.2M forsuspicious deaths and homicides. The service for routine coroner-directedcases comes from a population base of about 660,000, with a current fullpost-mortem annual load of around 480 per year.

Forensic Pathology South Island operatesclosely alongside our Anatomical Pathology Department and has access to a fullrange of diagnostics support services available in this large tertiary hospital campusincluding histopathology, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry and haematologylaboratories and radiology services.

The Role

The Canterbury District HealthBoard is seeking expressions of interest from forensic pathologists who areFRCPA-qualified (or international equivalent) and competent to undertakeforensic/coronial post mortems, and who are interested in joining our ForensicPathology team based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Previous training,qualifications and experience in forensic pathology are essential, with atleast five years’ post-qualification with recency of practice. Existingsub-specialty interest in trauma neuropathology and/or paediatric pathologywould be an advantage. Professional duties will include providing expert adviceto the coroners, families, courts and other medical staff.

For the right candidate who can demonstrateprevious experience of leadership and management, this role also offers theopportunity to provide clinical leadership and development of the clinicalcapabilities of the current Forensic Pathology team. Acandidate with leadership and management skills would be at an advantage. 

A commitment to teaching insupport of the future workforce will be required with the newlyemployed RCPA full time registrar. Research andundergraduate/graduate teaching opportunities are actively encouraged, with theUniversity of Otago, Christchurch Clinical School of Medicine co-located on thehospital campus.

An internationally competitivesalary package is offered as is assistance with immigration, professionalregistration and relocation to Christchurch.

A generous annual ContinuingMedical Education allowance is provided.

Our Culture:  What matters to us

Kongā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Puttingpeople at the heart of all we do 

Health is ultimately all about people.What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, theresponsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work withintegrity. 

Belonging Here

Being part of the CanterburyDistrict Health Board, our people enjoy access to, flexible workingarrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously considerjoining us, but if this role isn’t a good fit for you, please share thisopportunity with people in your personal networks.