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The Anaesthetic Department is planning to grow and expand our team and are looking to employ 2 suitability qualified Anaesthetists.

This role will support the service by sharing the responsibility for the specialist anaesthetic assessment and care of patients at Gisborne. Applicants are expected to have expert knowledge of modern techniques - from preoperative assessment and operating theatre services, to obstetric analgesia, Critical Care and Emergency Department resuscitation.

Your day to day responsibilities include pre-op anaesthesia clinic, provision of anaesthesia for elective and emergency surgery, participating in the peri-operative management of post-op patients on the ICU/ HDU and on the wards, preparation of critically ill patients requiring transfer to tertiary centres, advising on pain management and providing out-of-hours anaesthesia services to maternity, critical care, theatres and the emergency department. You will be encouraged to contribute to teaching for junior doctors and other disciplines. Additionally, you will be expected to participate in the on-call roster.

We are looking to receive applications from Anaesthetists who are keen to work in a partnership with our Head of Department and other team members to create an effective and efficient service for the people of Tairāwhiti.


  • Candidates applying for this position will need to hold Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) vocational registration in the Scope of Practice of Anaesthesia or be an overseas trained Anaesthetist eligible for MCNZ Provisional Vocational registration in the Scope of Practice of Anaesthesia
  • Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) would be favourable for New Zealand or Australian anaesthetists but non-essential for overseas applicants.
  • Favourable for the applicant to have expertise in paediatric anaesthesia due to a growing number of children and young people accessing our anaesthetic services and/or favourable for the applicant to have expertise in Critical Care (or recent resuscitation and critical care expertise) due to the increasing acuity and complexity of patients accessing our emergency and surgical services.


Patients in Tairāwhiti are chronically underserved and qualified medical professionals have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in this community while enjoying an excellent work life balance in a beautiful coastal setting.

Gisborne is the base hospital for the wide geographical area, Tairāwhiti, extending up the East Cape of New Zealand, creating enormous scope and variety in the work available to an enthusiastic and skilled anaesthetist. Providing healthcare to a population of 47,000, we have strong ties with our tertiary referral centre in Waikato and with Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland.

Recognised as an ideal place to raise a family, Gisborne is a relaxed city offering access to outstanding leisure pursuits and a caring, safe community. The city has superb outdoor facilities, golden beaches, a warm climate and a vibrant local economy based on wineries, agriculture and tourism. Please visit https://tairawhitigisborne.co.nz/ to find out more about our beautiful region.

If you are interested in these positions, please apply online and attach an up to date copy of your CV for consideration. 

For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Alasdair today.

alasdairl@headmedical.com / 0131 357 1848

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