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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 if you love the active outdoors. We’re seeking an experienced Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to be based in Rotorua, in the beautiful Lakes region of the Central North Island. 

  • Ideal for those who love the active outdoors lifestyle – pack the paddleboard, fishing rod, mountain bike and trainers!
  • Permanent position (1.15fte + on call)
  • FRANZCOG or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCOG and CCT
  • Special interest in minimal access (laparoscopic) gynaecological surgery advantageous
  • Join a team of 8 Specialists
  • Participate in a 1:6 acute call roster
  • Excellent schools and affordable housing
  • Explore stunning landscapes – lakes, mountains, national parks, native forest, geothermal wonders
  • Central North Island provides great access to the rest of the North Island

Lakes District Health Board is a medium sized DHB delivering specialist services to a population of 110,000 people across two district general hospital sites in Rotorua and Taupō (1 hour drive from Rotorua) in the centre of the North Island. The hospitals have modern ward areas, ICU and theatres, and a state of the art ambulatory outpatient area for Gynaecology, to facilitate outpatient hysteroscopy and Colposcopy/LETZ.

The O&G Team consists of 8 specialists (two job share), 2 registrars and dedicated SHO support. They also provide attachments/teaching for 5th and 6th year medical students from Auckland Medical School.

As a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist you will provide services in both Rotorua and Taupō, participate in a 1:6 acute call roster and enjoy excellent support from the Anaesthetic, Surgical, Radiology and Intensive Care teams. There is also an opportunity to develop a special interest.

For this role, therefore, you will have generalist specialist experience in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care. You will be comfortable working in small team and will be a good team player with a flexible work ethic.  In addition, 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 service development.

You will also enjoy working in a multicultural workforce.


If you’re not familiar with this part of New Zealand, Rotorua and the Lakes region is visually stunning and an area of unique natural beauty and geothermal activity, offering a great outdoors lifestyle, perfect for taking advantage of the region’s hot summers and mild winters. Although it’s a small city (population 65,000), it’s vibrant and has a huge tourist and adventure sports industry that drives the local economy all year round.

If you enjoy the adrenalin buzz, hanging off rocks, jumping off bridges, rafting down fierce water, doing triathlons and ultramarathons, climbing mountains, ziplining through trees, riding mountain bikes through native forest, you will really love it here…

But there’s also lots to do if you enjoy a more leisurely pace of life with funky little cafés and bars, restaurants, the many lakes where you can enjoy fishing, sailing, swimming, walking. You can simply enjoy living in a lovely location in a lovely climate.

It’s an area steeped in history and legend, a place where Tikanga Māori/Māori culture is celebrated, making this a truly unique place to live.

There is a domestic airport with daily flights to Auckland’s international airport, making connections to/from Rotorua very easy and accessible (45 minutes). And being so centrally located, it’s a great jumping off point to other parts of the North Island and New Zealand.

Find out more about the Rotorua Lifestyle here

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$180,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on level of experience; On call calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa
  • Plus relocation assistance

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 sta


Photo Credit: Mokoia Island, Rotorua - Mark Smith, www.rotoruanz.com

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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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