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This is an exciting newly established role and will provide a vital service to the community in stunning subtropical Northland.  

We are seeking an Addiction Medicine Specialist to be based in Whangarei.

Whangarei Hospital is the base hospital for the region, providing district-wide services, and supports three smaller district hospitals in picturesque Bay of Islands (Kawakawa), Kaitaia and Dargaville.

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate just 2 hours from Auckland
  • Full time, permanent position (12 months may also be considered)
  • Help shape and align a service to meet community needs
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools of all levels
  • Gateway to the Bay of Islands - excellent diving, sailing and more!
  • Applications welcome from wide range of medical practitioners with addiction medicine training & experience

This particular position has been created from additional investment to assist people with problems related to methamphetamine use and will join the senior medical team offering addictions services. This is a unique opportunity to join a new programme with a high level of co-operation between police and health services which aims to be at the forefront of innovation in care.

As a result of taking this new approach, applications are welcome from a broad range of medical practitioners with the relevant specialist training and experience.

The successful candidate will be a specialist in psychiatry (addictions), or a specialist who has gained Fellowship of another medical specialist college and who also holds an additional postgraduate qualification after completing advanced training in addiction medicine.

Fellows of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM) are encouraged to apply.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa (approx. £97,000 - £162,000 pa), depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa
  • Includes NZ$16,000 CME Allowance pa + 10 days leave pa to attend conferences 
  • Dedicated non-clinical time and interdisciplinary teamworking
  • Relocation assistance is available

The Region

Northland covers an area of 12,600 square kilometres with a population of approximately 170,000, 32% of which identify as Maori so there is an active focus on Maori Health issues and respecting Maori culture and customs with regards to patient care.

Whangarei is called the “Meeting place of the Pacific” because of its many international yachting visitors and the Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate. Its rich in Maori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Maori settlement can be found here and newcomers will experience a real connection with the culture and way of life.

With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, it has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations, and is a popular holiday choice for both Kiwis and international visitors. As a result, the region has developed into a real melting pot of cultures, which provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.

You can enjoy al fresco dining, world class scuba diving, fishing, sailing, surfing, swimming with dolphins and so much more. Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves.

Whangarei has a busy domestic airport, as well as easy access transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city which is only a two hour drive away

Find out more about Whangarei and the Northland region


Given the permanent nature of this role, you should be eligible for provisional vocational registration with Medical Council of New Zealand (or already hold vocational registration with MCNZ). This is the specialist pathway for registration and we can assist with paperwork if you are successfully appointed. You can check the MCNZ website here to self-assess your eligibility for this pathway.

Alternatively, eligibility for Locum Tenens registration with Medical Council of New Zealand will also be viewed favourably. Locum Tenens is a short term specialist registration, valid for up to 12 months only, which takes only 30 days to process once submitted. 


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

tina@headmedical.com / +44 (0)131 240 5258

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