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Come on down to New Zealand and tackle a fresh professional challenge!

Be involved in developing a new service offering.

We’re seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Consultant Geriatrician for the District General Hospital in Rotorua, in the beautiful Lakes region of the Central North Island. 

  • Stunning landscapes – lakes, mountains, national parks, geothermal activity
  • Easy access to beautiful beaches and seasonal premier ski fields 
  • Permanent position, commencing 2019
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualification in Geriatric Medicine, e.g. FRCP
  • Participate in the weekend acute medical call roster
  • Be based in a well-respected teaching hospital, popular with doctors in training
  • Be involved in the development of an acute inpatient geriatric service
  • Interest in frailty welcomed
  • Help develop innovative new ways to care for the older population

The Lakes Older Persons and Rehabilitation Service team is based in a purpose built 16-bedded ward that provides care for older patients and those requiring rehabilitation or who have suffered a stroke. 

The team currently consists of one other geriatrician, a geriatric nurse specialist, a registrar and a house officer, as well an excellent interdisciplinary team of allied health professionals and nurses. They provide outpatient and community assessments at both the Health Board's Rotorua and Taupo hospital sites. They work closely with their surgical and anaesthetic colleagues and anticipate the development of a perioperative frailty service in the near future. They also run a specialist Parkinson’s disease interdisciplinary clinic and also a memory clinic. They have close links with the physicians, older person mental health services, Needs Assessment and Service Coordination service (NASC), and community-based colleagues.

In response to a local aging population, they anticipate the development of an acute inpatient geriatric service that would be well-placed to provide advice to the on-site orthopaedic and surgical teams. The development of this service will be a key part of this role.

Requirements

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in the health of older people/ care of the elderly. 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 in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

Location:

If you’re not familiar with this part of New Zealand, Rotorua and the Lakes region is visually stunning and an area of unique natural beauty and geothermal activity, offering a great outdoors lifestyle, perfect for taking advantage of the region’s hot summers and mild winters.

Although it’s a relatively small city (population 59,000), it’s vibrant and has a huge tourist and adventure sports industry that drives the local economy and welcomes tourists from all over the world, all year round.

If you enjoy the adrenalin buzz, hanging off rocks, jumping off bridges, rafting down fierce water, doing triathlons, ziplining through trees, there’s something here for you to enjoy…

But there’s also lots to do if you enjoy a more leisurely pace of life too, with funky little cafés and bars, you can simply enjoy living in a unique location in a lovely climate.

It’s an area steeped in history and legend, a place where Tikanga Maori (Maori culture) is celebrated – making this a truly unique place to live.

There is a domestic airport with daily flights to Auckland’s international airport, making connections to/from Rotorua very easy (45 minutes).

Find out more about the Rotorua Lifestyle here

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$180,000 - $280,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • Base salary from NZ$161,304 to $240,000 pa (approx £83,000 to £125,000 pa)
  • On Call calculated on top of your base
  • Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa
  • 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 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 of Qualifications via 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 recommend starting this process off as early as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. Doctors are required to complete this step online, as EPIC verifies an individual’s identity and medical qualifications. 

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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