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A beautiful spot on the West Coast of the North Island: Taranaki.

We're seeking an experienced Consultant Geriatrician to join the Older Peoples Health and Rehabilitation Service (OPHRS) at the District General Hospital in New Plymouth, Taranaki. 

  • Relaxed family living surrounded by a stunning landscape
  • Permanent position, start in 2020
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualification, e.g. FRCP with CCT
  • No after-hours duties
  • Easy commute to and from work
  • Easy access to beautiful beaches and seasonal premier ski fields 

The Older Peoples Health and Rehabilitation Service (OPHRS) is co-managed with Mental Health Services Older People (MHSOP).

The MHSOP service provides advice, assessment, treatment, care and support via a range of professions and assists those over the age of 65 and experience significant mental health problems.

We are therefore seeking a Geriatrician who will work within this structure, with dedicated teams of medical, nursing and allied health staff who primarily care for older people with complex health and rehabilitation needs.

Requirements

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in the 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 in contributing 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$161,304 to $240,000 pa (approx £83,000 to £125,000 pa), depending on level of experience; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Region
The Taranaki region has a population of 119,000 and is known for its stunning natural landscape, which lends itself to all manner of outdoor activities from the mountains to the sea, and has been the backdrop for numerous well-known blockbuster movies filmed here in NZ.

The temperate climate and high sunshine hours (3rd highest in NZ), combined with a welcoming and multicultural community, makes it a really dynamic and enjoyable place to live. Housing is affordable and the schooling is excellent.

Famous for its Surf Highway 45 - featuring some of the best surfing and windsurfing spots in New Zealand – as well as annual music (WOMAD) and art festivals, premier golfing and ski fields, triathlons and Half Ironman competitions, fantastic mountain biking trails and hiking trails, means that New Plymouth as a city caters to all lifestyles and all ages.

Equidistant from both Auckland and Wellington with a 4.5 hr drive (or a 50 minute flight), it’s a great setting right on the coast and particularly attractive to families who want to make Taranaki and New Plymouth their new home.

Come and live in the region that was named the world's second top region to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet! 

Find out more about the Taranaki lifestyle 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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