Canterbury DHB


Your Well-being

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Work-related Accidents and Rehabilitation

Looking After Your Own Health - Doctors from Overseas

Doctors' Health Advisory Service (DHAS)

Inability to Report for Duty

Ordering Own Medications


Work-related Accidents and Rehabilitation

The CDHB is a member of the ACC Partnership Programme, which allows us to manage our own workplace injuries. Our Rehabilitation team manage our work injuries on the CDHB’s behalf.

What this means for you:


Looking After Your Own Health - Doctors from Overseas

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New Zealand has a Reciprocal Health Agreement with Australia and the United Kingdom, excluding Eire, for the treatment of conditions which would worsen if not treated. This relates to public hospital treatment services.

Any person injured in any type of accident in New Zealand is entitled to free public hospital treatment services irrespective of their country of residence.

Anyone on a work permit of a minimum two consecutive years, is entitled to receive public hospital treatment services on the same basis as a New Zealand resident.

Anyone on a visitor's permit must fund their own medical care.

For more information, see Non New Zealand Residents - Eligibility for Publicly-Funded Healthcare.

Doctors' Health Advisory Service (DHAS)

This is an entirely independent and confidential service for medical practitioners or students and their families, with personal or health problems.

To access the service phone 04 471 2654. The service is available 24 hours a day, and there is no charge for the call.

Inability to Report for Duty

Weekdays – Ordinary hours/long days

If you are unable to attend work due to sickness on weekdays (day or long day), please ensure you phone the RDST on 03 364 1585 before 07:45.

Weekday – Nights

If you think you are unable to work a night duty, please contact the RDST on 03 364 1585 by 14:00 so there is a reasonable opportunity to find cover.

If at 14:00 you think that you might be able to work, let the RDST know that there is some doubt and confirm your attendance or absence with the CTC no later than 20:00.

Weekends – Day and Night

If you are unable to work due to ill health, please contact the CTCs on 03 364 0640 by 07:45 if you are due to start at 08:00, or no later than 20:00 if you are rostered to work that night.

When phoning in sick, clearly state your:

Save the RDST and CTC phone numbers in your contacts list.

Ordering Own Medications

As an RMO you are not permitted to:


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There are a number of RMOs on duty and it is unusual for all to be fully committed at any one time. If you find yourself under stress in any situation, you must enlist the help of other RMOs or SMOs. Likewise, you should always help out others if necessary.


If you have a professional or personal problem, there are people to help you. You are welcome to discuss your problem with the staff of the Resident Doctors Support Team. Depending on the nature of the problem however, you may prefer to make use of the following:

Contact details are available from the Resident Doctors Support Team or METU.

About this Canterbury DHB document (11801):

Document Owner:

Resident Doctors Support Team (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

August 2013

Next Review:

April 2015


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Topic Code: 11801