Oral Medicine Specialist

Capital & Coast District Health Board
Wellington (NZ)
Not Specified
25 Jan 2019
16 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full time

About the company

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. We are also the leading provider of a number of specialist services, including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care, and specialised mental health services, for the upper South and lower North Islands, a population of about 900,000 people. Our DHB has an annual budget of more than $1 billion, which we use to deliver health services directly and contract external providers to provide care, such as general practices, rest homes and pharmacists.

Wellington is New Zealand's capital. It is a 'foodies' paradise, cultural art-loving harbour city, and a place you quickly begin to call home. Wellington has been named the best place to live in the world by Deutsche Bank's 2017 study of 47 cities globally ranked. According to Deutsche Bank, it is also officially the city with the world's highest quality of life and has the least pollution of any city ranked.

Service perspective:

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 which 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.

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.


  • 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


Capability development is a high priority for CCDHB. Professional development opportunities are a given, as well as the ability to upskill and to take on other roles. People and their skills are highly valued at CCDHB.

Staff benefits include discounts from many companies throughout the region and access to a cost-effective gym including exercise classes.

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.

Applications close on Wednesday, 24 April 2019.

Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email dani.armstrong@ccdhb.org.nz and please indicate the vacancy number (SMO38-18) and job title in the subject line.