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Be based in NZ’s coolest hotspot in the central North Island for 12 months, commencing March 2020.

We’re seeking an experienced Consultant Anaesthetist (with Intensive Care Medicine) for the District General Hospital in Rotorua, in the beautiful Lakes region of the Central North Island. 

  • Fixed term from February 2020 for 12 months
  • Must be eligible for Locum Tenens registration
  • FANZCA or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCA (and/or FFICM) with CCT
  • Experience in Intensive Care Medicine advantageous
  • Join team of 16 Consultant Anaesthetists
  • Well-respected teaching hospital, popular with doctors in training
  • Stunning landscapes – lakes, mountains, national parks, geothermal activity
  • Easy access to beautiful beaches and seasonal premier ski fields 

The role has a commitment of 6 clinical sessions per week, offers ample non-clinical time and comes with an attractive remuneration and relocation package.

You will be expected to provide anaesthesia for all major surgical specialties excluding cardiothoracic and neurosurgery, and provide cover for the Intensive Care Unit.


For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care.

You will also have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to house officers, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.


If you’re not familiar with this part of New Zealand, Rotorua and the Lakes region is stunning and an area of unique natural beauty and geothermal activity, offering a great outdoors lifestyle, perfect for taking advantage of the region’s hot summers and mild winters.

Although it’s a relatively small city (population 59,000), it’s vibrant and has a huge tourist and adventure sports industry that drives the local economy and welcomes tourists from all over the world, all year round.

If you enjoy the adrenalin buzz; hanging off rocks, jumping off bridges, rafting down fierce water, doing triathlons, ziplining through trees, mountain biking some great trails, then you’ll love it here…

But there’s lots to do if you also enjoy a more leisurely pace of life too, with funky little cafés, bars and restaurants, fishing, sailing, exploring the many lakes, as well as the proximity to places such as the beaches in Tauranga (1hr drive), Hamilton (1hr 20min) and Auckland (3 hrs). You can simply enjoy living in a unique location in a lovely climate.

It’s also an area steeped in history and legend, a place where Tikanga Māori (Māori culture) is celebrated – making this a truly unique place to live.

There is a domestic airport with daily flights to Auckland’s international airport, making connections to/from Rotorua very easy (45 minutes).

Find out more about the Rotorua Lifestyle here

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $280,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes Base salary ranging from NZ$161,304 to $240,000 pa (approx £80,000 to £120,000 pa pro-rata), depending on level of experience; with on call calculated on top
  • Plus relocation assistance

Medical Registration

Ideally, you will hold FANZCA and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

If you are an overseas specialist Anaesthetist, you must hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia (FANZCA), UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Canada, South Africa, or USA (Board certification) that will enable Locum Tenens registration (short term specialist pathway).

We can assist with medical registration and the work visa, if successfully appointed.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

From 1st November 2017, all relevant qualifications must now be verified by ECFMG using the EPIC system on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  

If you are committed to working in New Zealand, we encourage doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Delays in verifications can impact on start dates, if not completed timeously.  Candidates are invited to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  This is particularly important for a fixed term role commencing in the early part of 2020. EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly with you.

Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.

Photo credit:  https://www.rotoruanz.com/

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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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