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New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2021.

If you’re thinking about your next career move, you won’t find a more unique location. We’re seeking a Consultant ENT Surgeon/ Otolaryngologist (generalist) to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairāwhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island.

Gisborne is a small city (regional population 47,000), but for those who love the outdoors, good clean air, and a beautiful unspoilt natural environment, you won’t get a better location to enjoy the relaxed NZ lifestyle and make a real difference in the local community.

  • Coastal community living – pack up the paddleboard and bring the kids
  • Permanent role or fixed term for 12 months (minimum), commence 2021
  • FRACS or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCS (ORL-HNS) with CCT
  • Modern department, varied casework
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, stunning sunrises, native forest & birds, and dolphins

The Department provides General ORL and Head and Neck services with the occasional visiting subspecialist with backup from a tertiary centre. The Department is supported by an ear nurse service, onsite audiology services and a speech and language service.

The team currently consists of 2 other consultants and sees an annual total of approximately 2,000 patients of which 2/3 are general ORL and 1/3 head and neck surgery.  On average 500 surgeries are completed per annum. 

Your working week will be split into 70% clinical and 30% non-clinical time and you will also participate in the on-call roster.

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in ENT Surgery/ Otolaryngology (and Head and Neck surgery), and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care. In addition, you will be an innovative thinker with ideas to contribute to the further development of the service.

You will have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; and an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to registrars and other clinical staff.

*Summary overview of surgical logbook should be provided with CV.

You will also enjoy working in a multicultural workforce, and being based in a friendly coastal community.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$180,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on level of experience; On call calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Hospital

Hauora Tairāwhiti (Gisborne Hospital) is a comprehensive, well-equipped secondary hospital with modern facilities. 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 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.

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 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.

Medical Registration

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

If you are an overseas ENT Surgeon/ Otolaryngologist and Head and Neck surgeon, you must hold equivalent specialist qualifications following the completion of your specialist training from either:  Australia (FRACS), UK (FRCS via CCT),  Ireland (FRCSI via CCST),  Canada (FRCPSC), or USA (American Board Certification), whcih will enable eligibility in the first instance for Locum Tenens specialist registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Long term, you will be required to hold Provisional Vocational specialist registration. 

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

**Your qualifications, training and experience will be compared to that of the NZ specialist training programme.  Please click the link to see view the NZ standard for Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery . If successfully appointed - as part of the medical registration process - you will be required to provide a copy of your surgical logbook which must include from the time of your postgraduate training to the current day.

Primary Source Verification using EPIC

A Doctor’s relevant qualifications must 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.  Candidates are invited to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  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:  tairawhitigisborne.co.nz - Wainui Sunrise, Damon Meade

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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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