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New Year. New Job. New Lifestyle.

We are seeking a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist to be based in Whangarei Hospital, a 250-bed district general hospital with all major specialties and the main base hospital for the region.

They offer the full range of general Gynaecology services and have links with Auckland District Health Board for Gynaecological Oncology and Tertiary Fertility services.

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate just 2 hours north of Auckland
  • FRANZCOG or equivalent specialist qualification
  • New Maternity Unit opened in 2016
  • Approx 2,000 births per annum, 20% in Primary Maternity Units
  • One of the lowest caesarean section rates in NZ
  • 1:6 roster covering acute Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools
  • Sailing, world class scuba diving (PADI), paddleboarding, mountain biking
  • Beautiful natural surroundings – white sandy beaches, native forest & gateway to the Bay of Islands

You will join the existing team of 8 Consultants (2 of whom are part-time) increasing their number of specialists in a newly created role. You will be part of a 1 in 6 roster covering acute Obstetrics and Gynaecology, working alongside a team of five House Officers. Some travel around the region will be required as the service delivers visiting Antenatal and Gynaecology clinics at Regional Hospitals around Northland. Most surgery is performed at Whangarei Hospital but there may also be a requirement to undertake day-surgery at other sites in the region too.

You will therefore have broad specialist experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a generalist, as well as an area of special interest. There may be opportunities to develop your interest further.

Of note, is the expected increasing demand for laparoscopic and/or pelvic floor surgery, so experience in these areas is of interest to the service.  

You will also have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; and of course, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

In addition, you will have experience in medical education and teaching, as this role will include providing supervision and education to 5th and 6th year medical students from Auckland University, House Officers and other clinical staff. The House Officers complete the O&G Diploma and some will progress to the RANZCOG O&G Registrar Training Programme.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa depending on experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa depending on experience
  • Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 pa + 10 days CME leave pa
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Relocation assistance

The Region

Whangarei is called the “Meeting place of the Pacific” because of its many international yachting visitors and the Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate. With a regional population of approx 164,000, it spans from just north of Auckland right up to the top in Cape Reinga.

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 both New Zealanders and international visitors.

It’s a region rich in Māori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Māori settlement can be found here. As a result, Northland has developed into a real melting pot of cultures, which provides valuable exposure and rewarding experiences both professionally and socially. Today, 35% of the Northland population identify as Māori , so newcomers will experience a real connection with the (Tikanga) culture and way of life here.

Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves for world class scuba diving (PADI), sailing and fishing. You can also enjoy al fresco dining, extreme sand boarding, paddle boarding, mountain biking, golfing, hiking and mountain biking and so much more.

Whangarei has easy access transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, which is only a two hour drive away. There is also a busy domestic airport, with numerous daily flights to Auckland (35 minutes) that connect to Auckland International Airport.

Find out more about Whangarei and the Northland region

Requirement for this role

Ideally you will hold FRANZCOG 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), 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 Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and we can assist with medical registration and work visa applications if you are successfully appointed.

This District Health Board is an Approved Accredited Employer by the New Zealand Immigration Service.

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

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 recommend starting this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. Candidates can log on to EPIC and complete this step online very easily. 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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