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If you’re thinking about your next career move with the family, you won’t find a more unique location to settle down and enjoy the laidback kiwi lifestyle.

We’re seeking a Consultant Anaesthetist to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairawhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island.

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 in the summer. There's so much to see, do and explore if you love the outdoors.

  • Relaxed coastal environment and a welcoming multicultural community
  • FANZCA or equivalent specialist qualifications
  • Paediatric Anaesthesia experience advantageous
  • Critical Care experience (and/ or recent resuscitation and critical care expertise) also advantageous
  • Participation in the on-call roster required
  • Excellent schools and affordable housing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins and orca

Day to day, your duties will 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 therefore have broad specialist experience in Anaesthetics, suitable for a generalist position. 

In addition, you will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care from pre-operative assessment and operating theatre services, to obstetric analgesia, Critical Care and Emergency Department resuscitation; proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to trainee doctors and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$161,304,141 - $240,000 pa (£86,000 - £129,000) depending on level of experience
  • Plus $16,000 Continuing Medical Education Allowance & 10 days CME leave to attend conferences per year
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Hospital

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.

The Hospital is committed to the needs of Maori who make up 65% of admissions to the hospital and form 46.2% of the region’s total population of 46,000. So there is also an active focus on Maori Health issues and respecting Maori culture and customs with regards to patient care. For those not from New Zealand, this provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.

The Location

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 mid-30s) and mild winters and is considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. It’s 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, 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 and the beautiful Hawke’s Bay regions.

Over the years, many international Anaesthetists have made their way to Gisborne for the lifestyle, particularly those from the UK and the USA. This means that along with the experienced Kiwi Specialists, there is a wealth of medical knowledge and experience across the team.

Find out more about Gisborne and the Tairawhiti region here.


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

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia, UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Canada, USA or South Africa that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration as a specialist Anaesthetist.

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 recommend starting this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. Candidates can log on to EPIC and complete this step online very easily. EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications. 

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


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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