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Nau mai, Haere mai

New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2021.

If you’re thinking about your next career move, you won’t find a more unique location. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairāwhiti region of the North Island.

The city of Gisborne is small (regional population 49,100 with 75% living in the city), but for those who love the outdoors, good clean air and a pristine natural environment, you won’t find a better location to enjoy the relaxed NZ lifestyle.

  • Enjoy coastal living and sun-drenched beaches
  • Permanent role, commence 2021
  • Hold specialist qualifications which meet the MCNZ Locum Tenens eligibility criteria (see below)
  • Generalist (and current) experience across both Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Participate in the on call (1:4 to 1:5)
  • Approx 700 births per year
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins and orcas


The Organisation

Patients in Tairāwhiti are chronically underserved and this presents a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in this community while enjoying an excellent work life balance.

Gisborne Hospital is the base hospital for the Tairāwhiti region, which extends up around the East Cape of New Zealand. It is a comprehensive, well-equipped secondary hospital with modern facilities, which also includes a small CCU/ ICU. They have established systems for tertiary support and clinical backup with Waikato Hospital, Auckland Hospital and Starship Hospital. This includes clinical advice and urgent transfer, if required.

The Department provides a mix of inpatient, emergency and outpatient services. They experience approx 700 births per year. Your working week will be split into 70% clinical and 30% non-clinical time. You will also participate in the on call (1:4 to 1:5) covering maternity, acute gynaecology admissions and gynaecology inpatients

Hauora Tairāwhiti is committed to the needs of Māori who make up 65% of admissions to the hospital and form 46.2% of the region’s total population. There is also an active focus on Māori Health issues and respecting culture and customs with regards to patient care. 

The Role

For this role, you will have generalist specialist experience in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care.

Within Obstetrics, you will have clinical expertise in: the management of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care of obstetric patients with moderate levels of complexity including medical complications, abnormal labours and operative deliveries.

Within Gynaecology, you will have clinical expertise in: colposcopy, LLETZ procedure, laparoscopic surgery and pelvic organ prolapse repair.

In addition, you will be an innovative thinker with ideas to contribute to the further development of the service. You will have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching; and of course, a commitment to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

You will also enjoy working in a multicultural workforce, and being based in a friendly coastal community.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on level of experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on level of experience; On call Allowance on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Location

Gisborne features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce and award-winning wines from local boutique vineyards. Local schools are excellent and real estate is affordably priced – there is something ideal to suit your needs from apartments, townhouses, something more rural (lifestyle block) or close to Wainui Beach. Gisborne enjoys warm summers (up to low-30s, degree celsius) and mild winters and is considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. It is also the first place to see the sunrise every morning.

Locals enjoy easy access to a fantastic untouched natural environment, which lends itself to such outdoor pastimes as surfing, horse riding, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, ocean swimming, mountain biking and hill walking etc. It’s also a popular holiday destination for other visiting Kiwis in the summertime, drawn to the hot summer weather; annual music, food and wine festivals; vineyard tours; and surfing competitions. 

The local airport has regular daily flights to Auckland and Wellington airports (1 hr flights), making international connections easy, as well as making other regional NZ destinations such as Queenstown and the Bay of Islands easily accessible.

Additionally, you’re only a few hours drive from stunning Tauranga city and surrounding beaches in the Bay of Plenty, and the beautiful Hawke’s Bay wine region.

Find out more about Gisborne and the Tairawhiti region here.

Requirements for this role

You will hold Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of NZ (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you must hold equivalent specialist qualifications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration with MCNZ.

This means having completed your specialist training in one of the following countries, resulting in the qualifications listed below:

  • Australia (FRANZCOG)
  • Canada (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, in Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
  • the UK (Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists via CCT, or Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists via CCT)
  • the USA (Certificate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, or Certificate of the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Locum Tenens and Provisional Vocational registration are the two pathways to medical registration in NZ for Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and we can assist with your medical registration and visa, if successfully appointed.

Please note, a Doctor’s relevant qualifications must 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 you to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. You may 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.


Photo credit:  tairawhitigisborne.co.nz 


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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