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Consultant Geriatrician - New Year, New Job, New Lifestyle in subtropical Northland - New Zealand

Consultant - Medicine
Ref: 3334 Date Posted: Wednesday 07 Dec 2016

We are seeking a Consultant Geriatrician to be based in a teaching hospital in Whangarei, Northland, a beautiful subtropical region and gateway to the stunning Bay of Islands. Escape to the North and enjoy a life filled with sunshine.

  • Subtropical climate and relaxed lifestyle for all the family
  • Respected teaching hospital, popular with junior doctors
  • 2 hours north of Auckland and the International airport
  • Explore the stunning top of the North Island: see marine life, enjoy white sandy beaches, top premier sailing and diving spot

The Role

You will be part of a team of three Consultant Geriatricians and will work alongside a growing service of psychiatry for older people at this busy 250 bed District Hospital. This service provides care for the older population of Northland which includes 27,000 people over the age of 65 years. It has a 20 bed Assessment and Rehabilitation ward at Whangarei hospital which includes a 4 bed Acute Stroke Unit. The Health of Older People Service works alongside the Division of Medicine.

The role involves the provision of specialist medical input to the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and stroke teams participating as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary clinical team, as well as performing specialist assessments on elderly people in the inpatient, outpatient and community settings.

Consultants in New Zealand are well remunerated and enjoy good working conditions and an excellent work life balance.

Competitive salaries, favourable working conditions, six weeks annual leave plus a generous Continuing Medical Education allowance of NZ$16,000 per annum, plus 2 weeks conference leave are standard. There is also a strong camaraderie between staff and a good social life for staff and their families.

The Location

The region covers an area of 12,600 square kilometres with a population of over 150,000 and is well known in New Zealand for its laidback way of life. The region is an area rich in Maori and European history, and has great cultural significance to the Maori people, some of the oldest traces of Maori settlement can be found here and newcomers will experience a real connection with the culture and way of life.

With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, it has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations, and is a popular holiday choice for Kiwis in the summertime.

You can enjoy al fresco dining, world class scuba diving, fishing, sailing, surfing, swimming with dolphins and so much more. Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves. The city itself has undergone a lot of development in the last few years and now plays host to active theatre groups, many visiting artists, and is known countrywide for its annual Garden Festival and Opera in the Garden. The area has a busy domestic airport, as well as excellent transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city which is only two hours away.

In a nutshell, it’s a beautiful spot where outdoor enthusiasts and families of all ages can enjoy a truly balanced lifestyle.

How Head Medical can help 

Arranging a position overseas is very exciting, but we understand that it can also be daunting and time consuming. We’re the UK's specialist in international medical recruitment and we‘ve helped many Doctors relocate since we first started out in 2008 (you can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page). We know it’s important to balance career opportunities with lifestyle and we’ll talk through your plans and will get to know you to make sure we find the right role in the right location.

We will provide assistance through Medical Registration and Visa application process, and are registered with the Immigration Advisors Authority in New Zealand

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