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Consultant Gastroenterologist - Sun, Surf & Sand - There's no better place to enjoy the Kiwi summer - New Zealand

Consultant - Medicine
Ref: 4589 Date Posted: Tuesday 24 Oct 2017
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Commence as early as January just in time for the school year to start.

We’re seeking a Gastroenterologist for a busy service in Tauranga in the stunning Bay of Plenty region.

  • FRACP preferred, or equivalent, e.g. FRCP
  • Diverse casemix – busy service but with dedicated non-clinical time
  • Total package (circa NZ$200k–$300k pa), depending on level of experience
  • Includes NZ$16k CME Allowance + 10 days leave to attend conferences per annum
  • Relocation assistance provided

You will have broad experience and skills across Gastroenterology along with 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 and other clinical staff; and a commitment and willingness to be involved in continuous quality improvement programmes.

Ideally you will hold FRACP (or equivalent, e.g. FRCP) with considerable experience in Gastroenterology. If not already registered with Medical Council of New Zealand, the registration process is straightforward for those with qualifications or consultant experience from a 'highly comparable country', so your availability to potentially commence in the early part of 2018 will be viewed favourably.

The Hospital & Department

Tauranga Hospital provides health services to the people of the Western Bay of Plenty. A secondary hospital, it provides level 4-5 services including medical, surgical, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology and mental health. There are 349 beds at Tauranga Hospital, including the Special Care Baby Unit, maternity and mental health. Approximately 224 beds are available for medical and surgical patients (including critical care and coronary care) with a further 58 for children and older people and 17 for medical day stay. Twenty four beds are designated for mental health patients and 10 for Mental Health for older people. There are 43 beds available for maternity including 12 for the special care baby unit.

The Medical Service provides both inpatient and outpatient services, plus additional subspecialty services across the Bay of Plenty region. Specialist services include Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Respiratory Medicine, Geriatrics, Infectious Diseases, Oncology and Haematology. As a Department there are 12 Physicians, most of whom have subspecialty interests.

The Service has radically changed the model of acute medicine over the last 3 years and continues to develop to provide the best quality of care whilst ensuring manageable workload for the teams. Our client is looking for someone who is up to date on recent developments within gastroenterology and is passionate about integrating gastroenterology services across primary and secondary care, making it fit for future purpose and improving access to services for an ethnically diverse population.

There is an active gastroenterology training programme in place for trainees and there are several research studies into GI disease that are being run at the Bay of Plenty Clinical School.

The Location

Tauranga is now the 5th largest city in New Zealand with an urban population of 170,000 (regionally 230,000) and is only a 2.5 hour drive south of Auckland. It has always been a premier destination, but with a strong NZ economy and a very buoyant housing market with many beach frontage properties and luxury apartments, Tauranga is now the fastest growing city in New Zealand.

Tauranga - and in particular the suburb of Mount Maunganui - is well known across NZ for many things; the relaxed lifestyle, the sunshine, the café scene, the surfing, the white sandy beaches and natural salt water hotpools, and the safe and family-friendly lifestyle with excellent schools. It attracts families of all ages into the area and is a holiday favourite for visitors.

In the summertime, the population swells and holidaymakers and international travellers come to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui to enjoy the beach and sun. There’s a real buzz about the place, especially over Christmas, New Year and the January School holidays. A large number of cruise ships berth in Tauranga from October to April (the 2016/17 season had 83 cruise ships visiting with a passenger population of approx. 150,000).

  • Voted New Zealand’s Best Beach 2017**
  • Auckland is a 35 minute flight or a 2 hour easy drive
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – safe harbour, white sandy beaches, native forest, dolphins, orcas
  • Sea kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, powerboating, windsurfing, sailing
  • Food and craft beer festivals, music festivals, wineries, major sporting events (ocean swimming, triathlon series)

More info on the Tauranga Lifestyle


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.

Contact Caroline O’Hagan for more details or to have a confidential chat.

Please note, Caroline is now based in Wellington, New Zealand, but is a local from Tauranga so knows the area very well.

**TripAdvisor's 2017 Travellers' Choice Awards





If this sounds like the perfect job you can apply using the blue button below. Or if you’d like to find out more about this job or have an informal chat, please get in touch with us:

Caroline O'Hagan

Associate Partner (NZ)

Tel: +64 225214705 LinkedIn