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We are seeking a Consultant Cardiologist for a modern and spacious non-metropolitan hospital in Gisborne, one of the most picturesque parts of New Zealand, where the work/life balance is truly a way of life.

This is an exciting role for someone who wants to lead and develop a cardiology service.

  • Closing Date extended: 2nd March 2018
  • Fresh professional challenge in a lovely location
  • FRACP preferred, or equivalent specialist qualification, e.g. FRCP and UK/Irish CCT, or US Board Certification
  • 40 hours per week, no on call
  • Expand and develop the service in a three-phase implementation plan
  • Skills in non-invasive cardiology and cardiac imaging
  • Some interventional work may be possible through their tertiary network (to be discussed further, if you wish to apply)
  • International Doctor community - many come for a while and then stay on due to the lifestyle benefits
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest, dolphins, whales & native birds

This is a key appointment for the Health Board and one which will involve working closely with local community groups and the tertiary centre to develop a number of deliverables: 1) retain a locally based Cardiac Investigation Team; 2) increase local access to Cardiologists; improve access to cardiac interventions; and 3) improve cardiac health across the region, reducing ethnic and regional inequities.

You will be the sole cardiologist joining a team of 6 other Physicians who participate in both General Medicine and their chosen subspecialty, and the general medical on call. This role however, will be all cardiology and a 40 hour working week, with no on call commitment. Because this role is the only cardiologist on site, collegial support will be provided through the regional network as the District Health Board has a tertiary referral centre and works closely with neighbouring DHBs in the central North Island (collectively known as Midland DHBs).

There is some flexibility to enable you to do some interventional cardiology work at the tertiary centre at Waikato Hospital, if you wish, however this would be something to be further discussed at interview, if you decide to apply for this role.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $280,000 pa, depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000, depending on level of experience
  • Also includes annual NZ$16,000 Continuing Medical Education allowance & 10 days leave to attend conferences
  • Plus dedicated non-clinical time and multidisciplinary teamworking
  • Plus relocation assistance is additional

The Hospital

Opened in 1985, this secondary hospital and is modern and well-equipped. Services include: medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, mental health & addiction services, gynaecology, obstetrics, child health, intensive and coronary care, assessment and rehabilitation, emergency department, laboratory, radiology, physiotherapy, dietetics, orthotics, occupational therapy, audiology, social work, domiciliary care and palliative care. As part of the range of services, the hospital also provides public health, health promotion, primary care and community based mental health services.

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
People tend to be very relaxed, have more space and queues and traffic jams are rarities, especially here on the East Cape of the North Island. Gisborne is the major coastal city of the Tairawhiti region (regional population 46,000), known for its laidback lifestyle and white sandy beaches.

Referred to as “Gizzy” by the locals, it features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce, and some of the best New Zealand wines and cheeses. 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.

Major industries contributing to the local economy include horticulture, wine production, farming, forestry and fishing. A number of international Doctors have successfully made their home here from the UK, Scandinavia, Europe and the USA. The children enjoy the outdoor life and the schools are of a high standard, so its an excellent location for families.

Gisborne generally enjoys warm summers (up to mid-30s degrees) and mild winters and is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with average yearly sunshine of around 2200 hours. And it's also the first place in New Zealand to see the sunrise each 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 to name a few. It’s also a popular holiday destination for other visiting Kiwis in the summertime, drawn to the hot summer weather and annual music festivals, vineyard tours and surfing competitions. 

Find out more about Gisborne and the East Cape here


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. 

Contact Caroline O’Hagan for more details or send your cv to caroline@headmedical.com

Please note, Caroline is based in Wellington, New Zealand.


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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