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We’re seeking a generalist Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to join the team at Whanganui Hospital on the west coast of the North Island.

  • Small district general hospital and a welcoming local community
  • Permanent position commencing 2020/ 2021
  • FRANZCOG or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCOG with CCT
  • Be part of a team of 4 O&G specialists
  • They provide a full range of gynaecology services, including colposcopy.
  • The O&G specialists provide 24 hour on-call cover, with the cover shared equally
  • Participation in the on-call roster will therefore be required
  • 800 births per year (caesarean rate less than 20%)
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools

Wanganui Hospital is located on the West coast of New Zealand's North Island with a wide range of services including obstetrics and gynaecology, emergency medicine, general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, ENT, ophthalmology, dentistry and psychiatry. They provide a six-bed critical care unit with tertiary support from Wellington Hospital. Tertiary services such as cardio-thoracics, neurosurgery, paediatric surgery and cardiology are provided for their patients in Wellington.

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

In addition, 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 to contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

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

The Location

Whanganui (population: urban 42,000, regional 62,000) has all the facilities that you would expect of a small city, it is also compact and easy to navigate. If you prefer to live a semi-rural relaxed lifestyle, it’s a great place for families with a real sense of community and hospitality with Farmers Markets, little cafes and restaurants, as well as plenty of sporting activities if you want to get involved.

You’re also within easy driving distance of premier ski resorts at Turoa and Whakapapa to the north west, the lush Hawke’s Bay wine region to the east, clean and quiet unspoilt beaches (Surf Highway 45, Castlecliff, Kai Iwi) up and down the West Coast, and of course, to the South is NZ’s capital city of Wellington (2.5 hour drive).

Living here is very affordable, with quality housing and a reputation for its excellent primary and secondary education facilities, there is a lot to offer families of all ages. And the commute to work is circa 5-10 minutes from anywhere in the city – it’s a nice way of life if you prefer not to be in a city and to be close to the ocean. 

There are daily flights from Whanganui to Auckland, making international flight connections easy.

Find out more about Whanganui region here

Requirements 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, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either the UK (via CCT), Australia (FRANZCOG), Canada (FRCSC) or the USA (American Board Certified) that will enable specialist registration in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with the Medical Council of New Zealand via the Provisional Vocational registration (long term) pathway or Locum Tenens (short term) registration pathway.

These are the two specialist pathways for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in NZ and we can assist with medical registration and work visa applications, if appointed.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

From 1st November 2017, all 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 doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Candidates are invited 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.


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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