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New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2018.

We are looking for a Consultant Geriatrician or a Consultant General Physician (with special interest in Geriatrics) to be based in a 600-bed tertiary, teaching hospital in Hamilton, a bustling university city just 90 minutes drive south of Auckland.  

  • Permanent position commencing 2018
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualification, e.g. FRCP
  • New state-of-the-art facility opened 2013
  • Work in one of the largest hospitals in New Zealand

The Older Persons and Rehabilitation Service has seen considerable growth over the last 10 years and is looking to increase its team of specialists.

In the last few years, the service has developed community out-reach services and supported discharge models, and built a major Specialist Services for Older People and Rehabilitation (2013), including the co-location of Mental Health Services for Older People facility, a purpose-built space totalling 113 beds for the inpatient team to work in the most efficient way possible. The teams practice within an interdisciplinary model and are supported by high quality clinical leadership. 

The services provide seamless service delivery of:

  • Rehabilitation for adults 18-65 years of age; 
  • Organised stroke services including acute stroke service with attached rehabilitation space;
  • Orthogeriatric rehabilitation; and 
  • Rehabilitation and support for chronic neurological conditions and other chronic conditions.

Older Persons and Rehabilitation provides a flagship and benchmark for such services in New Zealand. There is a strong academic focus via the Institute of Healthy ageing and, therefore, they have a focus on providing quality evidence around all that they do. This includes properly funded randomised trials whenever required.

There is plenty of opportunity for you to make a real difference and to be actively involved with future growth within the service. The individual will need to demonstrate an ability to contribute to the development and implementation of new models of care, and will need to have critical, analytical and leadership skills to see that tasks are completed to fruition. Research and teaching opportunities could be available.

If you are dual-trained as a general physician, this job will be ideal for you as one of the many options for service development is the better development of our service integration into acute care of elderly patients both in medical and surgical environments. There is also opportunities for innovation in the delivery of specialist services for the diverse and geographically spread populations.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa (approx. £93,000 - £166,000 pa), depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa
  • Includes NZ$16,000 CME Allowance pa + 10 days leave pa to attend conferences 
  • Relocation assistance available

And the lifestyle and location are ideal:

  • 4th largest city in New Zealand, just 90 minutes from Auckland
  • Wide range of city amenities: restaurants and cafes, arts and culture, major sporting events
  • Affordable housing market and excellent schooling options
  • Easy access to the rest of the North Island, beautiful beaches, national parks, lakes and mountains

The Location

As one of New Zealand’s fastest growing areas, key to this growth is its central location and easy access to other parts of the country. Auckland City is only a 90 minute drive away and both the west coast and east coast beaches are within easy reach, including Mount Maunganui (voted New Zealand’s best beach in 2017), the stunning Coromandel Peninsula, and Raglan Beach, with its rugged coastline and some of the best surf breaks NZ has to offer.

As a university city, there is a diverse mix of arts and culture, as well as an array of sporting activities. The population (Hamilton city 200,000, Waikato region 390,000) is diverse, with many cultures represented and celebrated here. Events and festivals throughout the year include Diwali, Matariki (Maori New Year), Garden shows, regular Farmers Markets, Theatre shows and music festivals, major sporting events and tournaments.

There is an array of restaurants and cafes featuring locally sourced products, a vibrant nightlife, vineyards, and wide open spaces for you to enjoy the great outdoors. Housing is affordable whether you like the idea of an urban apartment, a townhouse with a garden, or a sprawling lifestyle block just outside of the city. There is also a wide variety of schooling options to suit your family needs.

You can find out more about the lifestyle and Hamilton City and the Waikato region here


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.

Alternatively, eligibility for Locum Tenens registration with Medical Council of New Zealand will also be viewed favourably. Locum Tenens is a short term specialist registration, valid for up to 12 months only, which takes only 30 days to process once submitted. 



For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Tina today.

tina@headmedical.com / +44 (0)131 240 5258

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