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New Year. New Job. New Lifestyle... New Zealand 2021

We're seeking a Consultant Geriatrician for the Older Person's Health team based in Hastings, in the sunny Hawke's Bay region. Live the gourmet lifestyle in this stunning part of the North Island. 

  • Relaxed family lifestyle in a lovely, warm and sunny climate
  • Permanent position, commencing in 2021
  • FRACP or equivalent qualifications, e.g. MRCP/ FRCP with CCT
  • Prefer interest in Orthogeriatrics 
  • 40 hours per week only 
  • No out of hours rostered work required (but working on the General Medicine on-call roster is an option, if you wish)
  • Interest in teaching and experience in service development advantageous
  • Work in a service accredited for Advanced Training of Registrars in Geriatric Medicine
  • Excellent schools and affordable housing
  • Beaches, beautiful hill country, award-winning vineyards, art deco architecture, music and food festivals, premier golf courses, lots of sailing and fishing... and more!

The talented team who work in the 30-bed Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation ward have recently transformed their model of care, and now deliver even better, person-centred, goal-based rehabilitation. The inter-professional team consists of nurses, allied health professionals and assistants, 3 Geriatricians, 1 Registrar and 2 House Officers.

Their award-winning engAGE Community Service for Older People has 6 locality-based multi-disciplinary teams who work with primary care colleagues, home care providers and Needs Assessment Services to maintain the independence of older people in the community.

The teams work in people’s homes as well as in the Intermediate Care Beds. The ORBIT, inter-professional allied health team, target older people presenting to the Emergency Department and Acute Assessment Unit for rapid assessment, 7am-7pm, 7 days per week, and act as a key link between hospital and the community.

The 2 community Geriatricians and 3 Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists work with these teams and also provide care through clinics, home visiting and residential care visiting services. They work closely with colleagues in the Department of Medicine and the Older Person’s Mental Health team.

They also have big plans for their future development. The Clinical Service Plan has highlighted older people as a priority population, and the vision is a “whole-of-patient” journey approach to delivering care; working with the team to develop and implement innovative new services, including Early Supported Discharge.

View more about working in the team in this Video clip (2 mins)


For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in geriatrics/ health of older people/ care of the elderly and a caring and professional manner. In addition, you will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care and will be an innovative thinker with ideas to contribute to the further development of the service.

You will also have 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 to ongoing service development.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package range NZ$180,000 - $260,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on level of experience; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa; On call on top of base (if participating in the General Medicine roster).
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Hawke’s Bay is set on the beautiful East Coast of the North Island. Live in Hastings (popn 80,000) or the art-deco city of Napier (63,000) and enjoy all the lifestyle benefits that this region brings.

Home to an array of gourmet restaurants, bars and cafes; the beautiful surrounding scenery featuring of Te Mata Peak and Waimarama Beach; the fantastic bike trails down to Cape Kidnappers, not to mention the premier golf courses with views across the Pacific Ocean; as well as the music, wine and food festivals; and urban farmer’s markets – there is something here to suit everyone.

The climate with its high sunshine hours, lends itself beautifully to winemaking. The vineyards are famous for their red, white and specialty wines to complement any dish.

The local airport in Hastings features regular daily 1-hour flights to Auckland and Wellington International Airports, making connections to/from NZ very easy.

Learn more about the Hawke’s Bay region here

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 geriatrician, 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 Geriatricians 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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