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New Year. New Job. New Adventure... New Zealand.

We are seeking a Consultant Anaesthetist with Intensive Care experience to be based in Whangarei for 9 months, starting in January 2020 to cover a sabbatical leave.

This is the ideal location to enjoy the beach lifestyle in beautiful subtropical Northland region.

Whangarei Hospital is the largest hospital in Northland providing secondary care services, supported by three regional hospitals in Kaitaia, Kawakawa and Dargaville. There are 8 Intensivists who contribute to a 1 in 8 roster and 7 registrars providing 24/7 cover.

The Unit sees a wide range of presentations which includes major trauma and paediatrics, as well as providing medical and nursing cover for a busy flight retrieval service in conjunction with St John and the Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) - overseeing approx 480 helicopter transfers per year. They also provide an ICU outreach service and is accredited for training by the College of Intensive Care Medicine.

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate just 2 hours from Auckland
  • Fixed term role for 9 months from January 2020
  • Must be eligible for Locums Tenens registration with MCNZ
  • FANZCA or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCA, FFICM
  • 8 bed Level 2 ICU with 525 admissions annually, over 40% mechanically ventilated
  • Participate in the consultant on call roster for the ICU
  • Also deliver some rostered anaesthetic sessions
  • Sailing, scuba diving (PADI), paddleboarding, mountain biking, surfing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings – white sandy beaches, native forest & Gateway to the Bay of Islands

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine. In addition, you will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to medical students, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Work in a comparable health system
  • Enjoy a professionally and socially rewarding experience
  • Total package circa NZ$190,000 - $300,000 pa pro rata, depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$161,304 - $240,000 pa pro rata, depending on level of experience
  • Relocation assistance

The Region

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. It's 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.

Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves for world class scuba diving (PADI), sailing and fishing. You can also enjoy al fresco dining, extreme sand boarding, paddle boarding, mountain biking, golfing, hiking and mountain biking and so much more.

Whangarei has easy access transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, which is only a two hour drive away. There is also a busy domestic airport, with numerous daily flights to Auckland (35 minutes) that connect to Auckland International Airport.

Find out more about Whangarei and the Northland region

Requirement for this role

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

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you must hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia, UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Canada, USA or South Africa that will enable Locum Tenens (short term specialist registration for up to 12 months) registration as a Specialist Anaesthetist. We can assist with the medical registration and work visa application, if successfully appointed.

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements.

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.


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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