“This is real hands-on stuff, we are called in to save lives.”

Callan Moody
Trainee Cardiac Physiologist Christchurch Hospital


Cardiac Physiologists use technology and specialist equipment to monitor, record and measure the way patients’ hearts are working in order toassist medical staff with diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart disease.

You have to love technology, physiology and helping people – we can work with really sick people so being able to communicate is really important. This is an exciting, challenging and constantly changing environment.

Technology is always developing and Canterbury DHB invests in all the cool toys, so there is always something new to learn.

We take lots of responsibility for our work, and the medical staff really do appreciate our opinion. It is a team oriented role – you are never working in isolation – we work closely with doctors, nurses, radiographers and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Our days are divided into halves or quarters and for each you are doing different things – from diagnosing heart disease, analysing vital signs, echo (ultrasound of the heart), programming & checking pacemakers and defibrillators.

We are really proud of the work we do at Canterbury DHB – we are a DHB of firsts:

  • One of the first centres in the world to implant subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillators
  • Jackie, one of our team, recently presented on T wave alternans testing at an international meeting in Boston
  • The first to do endocardial LV lead implant

Join us and you will join a great team – where workmates become good friends. Join us for drinks, dinner and a laugh at Scared Scriptless, or on one of our ski trips or be part of our team for the DHB touch rugby competition.

To become a Cardiac Physiologist you need to complete an undergraduate degree in Physiology, like the one at the University of Otago. Then you can apply to work for us and complete another two years post graduate studywith on the job assessment. Once qualified and registered there may be more exams depending whether you choose to specialise in a particular area.

Or – you could join us as a Physiology Technician – doing exercise testing and recording the electrical activity of the heart (ECG). You don’t need an undergraduate degree – but you do need a passion for people. We will support you to learn and complete the one year qualification.

Whether you want to join as a trainee, an experienced Cardiac Physiologist or a Physiology technician – CHOOSE CANTERBURY – and follow you heart.

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