New Year. New Job. New Lifestyle 2020
We’re seeking a Consultant Anaesthetist on a permanent basis to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairāwhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island.
If you’re thinking about your next career move, you won’t find a more unique location to settle down and enjoy the laidback kiwi lifestyle.
Gisborne is a small city (regional population 47,000 with 30,000 in the city itself), but for those who love the outdoors, good clean air, and a beautiful natural environment, you won’t get a better location to enjoy the relaxed NZ lifestyle and make a real difference in your local community.
- Relaxed coastal lifestyle – pack up the paddleboard and bring the kids
- Join a growing team as they develop and expand their service
- FANZCA or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCA with CCT
- Experience in paediatric anaesthesia advantageous
- As well as experience in Critical Care (and/or recent resuscitation and critical care expertise), as there is a small CCU/ ICU on site
- Participate in the on-call roster
- Excellent schools and affordable housing
- Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins and orca.
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.
For this role, therefore, you will have recent broad specialist experience in Anaesthetics and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care, ranging from pre-operative assessment and operating theatre services, to obstetric analgesia, Critical Care and Emergency Department resuscitation.
You will also have the ability to make informed decisions in a high risk and rural environment; and assess acute clinical situations and act decisively.
In addition, you will also have proven leadership skills and experience working effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching; and of course, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.
What’s on offer?
- Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
- This includes: Base salary from NZ$161,304 to $240,000 pa (approx £80,000 to £120,000 pa), depending on level of experience; plus on call; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
- Plus relocation assistance
This is a comprehensive, well-equipped secondary hospital with modern facilities, which also includes a small CCU/ ICU.
They have established systems for tertiary support and clinical backup with Waikato Hospital, Auckland Hospital and Starship Hospital. This includes clinical advice and urgent transfer, if required.
Hauora Tairāwhiti (Gisborne Hospital) is committed to the needs of Māori who make up 65% of admissions to the hospital and form 46.2% of the region’s total population. There is also an active focus on Māori Health issues and respecting Māori culture and customs with regards to patient care.
This makes Hauora Tairāwhiti a unique environment where you will encounter a diverse range of conditions, treatment procedures and cultural practices. For those not from New Zealand, this provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.
Gisborne features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce and award-winning wines from local boutique vineyards. Local schools are excellent and real estate is affordably priced – there is something ideal to suit your needs from apartments, townhouses, something more rural (lifestyle block) or close to Wainui Beach. Gisborne enjoys warm summers (up to low-30s, degree celsius) and mild winters and is considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. It is also the first place to see the sunrise every morning.
Locals enjoy easy access to a fantastic untouched natural environment, which lends itself to such outdoor pastimes as surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, ocean swimming, mountain biking and hill walking etc. It’s also a popular holiday destination for other visiting Kiwis in the summertime, drawn to the hot summer weather, annual music festivals, vineyard tours and surfing competitions.
The local airport has regular daily flights to Auckland and Wellington airports (1 hr flights), making international connections easy, as well as making other domestic destinations such as Queenstown and the Bay of Islands easily accessible.
Additionally, you’re only a few hours drive from stunning Tauranga city and surrounding beaches in the Bay of Plenty, and the beautiful Hawke’s Bay wine region.
Find out more about Gisborne and the Tairawhiti region here.
Requirements for this role
Ideally, you will hold FANZCA and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).
Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you must hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either: Australia (FANZCA), UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Canada (FRCPSC), South Africa (FCA(SA)), or USA (American Board Certified) that will enable specialist registration with Medical Council of New Zealand via the Provisional Vocational registration (long term) pathway or Locum Tenens (short term, up to 12 months) registration pathway.
These are the two specialist pathways for Anaesthetists in NZ and we can assist with the medical registration and work visa, if 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. EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly.
Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.
Photo credit: tairawhitigisborne.co.nz - Wainui Sunrise, Damon Meade