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Fantastic role for a Consultant Geriatrician looking to do something new.

Combine a fresh professional challenge with the beach lifestyle in NZ's 4th largest city, just over 2 hours drive south of Auckland, situated right on the Pacific Ocean.

We're seeking a Consultant Geriatrician/General Physician for the District General Hospital in Tauranga.


  • Enjoy the beach life with big city amenities
  • Ideally Permanent, but would consider 12 months minimum fixed term
  • Teaching hospital with a clinical school on campus
  • Specialist Stroke, Orthogeriatric, Movement Disorder & Rehabilitation Services
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualification in Geriatric Medicine, e.g. FRCP
  • Scope to develop a special interest
  • Help develop innovative new ways to care for the older population
  • Participate in the acute medical roster
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Excellent work life balance (truly!)
  • Be based in a city that caters well to families, with great schools

The Service

The model of acute medical care in Tauranga has changed significantly over the last few years, with the aim of always developing and improving the older patient journey in order to provide the best quality care.  The department maintains strong links with both Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine, so you will be expected to participate in the acute medicine roster.

They also provide specialist Stroke, Orthogeriatric, Movement Disorder and Rehabilitation services.

Also important is the team and making sure workloads are manageable and individuals have the time and space to develop speciality services.

The Location

Tauranga is now the 5th largest city in New Zealand with an urban population of 130,000 (regionally 230,000) and is only a 2.5 hour drive south of Auckland.

It has always been a premier destination, but with the strong NZ economy and a buoyant housing market, Tauranga is now the fastest growing city in New Zealand. Businesses are moving their bases here, the Port of Tauranga is a major employer and the largest port in NZ. The upcoming Cruise Ship season is expected to contribute approx. $54million into the Bay of Plenty’s economy and over the 6 months 114 ships will stop off in Tauranga. In 2019, the University of Waikato will open its new tertiary campus in the city centre.

Tauranga, and in particular the suburb of Mount Maunganui, are well known for many things - the mountain (Mauao), the sunshine, the café and restaurant scene, the surfing, the white sandy beaches and natural salt water hotpools, the local markets with fresh produce, the safe and family-friendly lifestyle with excellent schools, and high-end designed real estate.

There are regular daily flights from Tauranga to Auckland (35 minutes!), making international flight connections easy. 

  • Excellent schools with a tertiary campus due to open in 2019
  • Live in a beachfront property, apartment, townhouse, or semi-rurally with some land
  • Enjoy the beach life – paddleboard, surf, fish, kayak, swim and walk
  • See diverse marine life – dolphins, whales and orca

Don’t just take our word for it, visit these links for more information: 

Tauranga & the Bay of Plenty and Wish You Were Working Here

Requirement for this role

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.

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 £84,000 to £125,000 pa)
  • On Call calculated on top
  • NZ$16,000 Continuing Medical Education Allowance year
  • Plus 10 days CME leave each year
  • Relocation assistance

Medical Registration

Ideally you will hold FRACP and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either the UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Australia, Canada or USA 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 Physicians.

A further registration pathway may be applicable if you are an overseas trained Physician with at least 33 months (out of the last 48 months) specialist/ consultant level experience from a country considered to have a comparable health system by the MCNZ. English language requirements may be applicable.

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements.

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 soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.

Doctors are required to complete this step online themselves, as EPIC verifies your identity and your 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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