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New Year, New Job, New Lifestyle 2020

We’re seeking a Consultant Gastroenterologist for Whangarei Hospital in beautiful, subtropical Northland, where work/life balance is truly achievable.

  • Relaxed lifestyle for all the family just 2 hours north of Auckland
  • Permanent position, but may also consider 12 months fixed term
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualification, e.g. FRCP with CCT
  • ERCP experience desirable, but not essential
  • 100% gastroenterology role, or can be mixed with some internal medicine
  • Join a team of 16 physicians who enjoy a supportive collegial atmosphere
  • Sailing, scuba diving, paddleboarding, mountain biking, surfing...
  • Beautiful natural surroundings – white sandy beaches, native forest & gateway to the stunning Bay of Islands

Whangarei Hospital is the largest hospital in Northland, providing secondary care services with their three rural hospitals in Dargaville, Kaitaia and Bay of Islands.

It’s a great time to be joining the team, Whangarei Hospital is re-developing their endoscopy facilities and will move to a dedicated suite within the next 12 months. This role will help them develop a sustainable service for bowel disease and introduce bowel screening.


You will have broad specialist experience in Gastroenterology and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care. You will be an innovative thinker with ideas to contribute to the further development of the service.

In addition, 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 medical students, registrars and other clinical staff.

The Region

Northland covers an area of 12,600 square kilometres and a population of 180,000, spanning from just north of Auckland right up to Cape Reinga at the very top of the North Island. Whangarei is the main urban centre and where this role is based.

With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, Northland has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations, and is a popular holiday choice for both New Zealanders and international visitors.

It’s a region rich in Māori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Māori settlement can be found here. Today, 35% of the Northland population identify as Māori, so newcomers will experience a real connection with the culture and way of life here, which provides valuable exposure and rewarding experiences both professionally and socially. 

Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves for world class scuba diving, sailing and fishing. You can also enjoy al fresco dining, paddle boarding, 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

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $280,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$161,304 to $240,000 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

Medical Registration

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

If you are an overseas specialist gastroenterologist, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia (FRACP), the UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Canada (FRCPC) or USA (Board certification) that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration.

These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for gastroenterologists and we can assist with medical registration and the work visa, if successfully 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 with you.

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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