I currently have a rare opportunity for a consultant Ophthalmologist with a specialist interest in vitreoretinal surgery to be based in a tertiary teaching hospital in Hamilton.
- Permanent 0.8FTE position
You will be working with 9 other consultant ophthalmologists and 5 registrars, providing secondary care for a population of 400,000 and a vitreoretinal service for 700,000 in the centre of the North Island. Although the service is centred in Hamilton, some services are provided in 4 peripheral locations. The department functions as a cohesive unit and covers all the major subspecialties. It has an electrophysiology service, medical photographers with FFA/ICG capability, and nurse antiVEGF injectors.
Waikato hospital is affiliated with Auckland University medical school, meaning some teaching is expected and there are opportunities for research.
Situated on the banks of the Waikato River, river, this pleasant city has beautiful parks and gardens, a vibrant city centre and regularly plays host to major sporting and cultural events. Good quality housing is readily available and very affordable; Schools (public and private) have an excellent reputation, and there is a thriving university and student population. There is also a local airport with many daily domestic flights. When you want to go further afield, New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is a mere 90 minutes away and is also the closest international airport.
The central location also gives access to many unique and wonderful attractions. Within an easy drive are some of the North Island’s best surf beaches and most beautiful coastline and you’ll be surrounded by beautiful countryside, made famous as The Shire in the Lord of The Rings films. Other possibilities include the beautiful Waitomo Caves, filled with glow worms and underground rivers, the famous Cathedral Cove or Raglan Beach, swimming with wild dolphins in the Bay of Plenty, skiing and hiking at Tongariro Natural Park, Lake Taupo and the geothermal delights of Rotorua. You might also find yourself taking in an exhibition, concert or sporting event in Auckland or Hamilton, skydiving, hot air ballooning, hiking, fishing or sailing. One thing’s for sure you will never be stuck for something to see or do on New Zealand’s fabulous North Island. This is a perfect place to experience the famously high Kiwi quality of life, whilst also enjoying a fresh professional challenge.
New Zealand is becoming more and more a location of choice for those who previously considered Australia as the most desirable location down under. Its rapid growth compared to other developed countries has recently been referred to as a “rock star economy” and it was voted the best place in world to raise a family by the 2014 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, with the report describing it as “an ideal destination to raise active, outdoorsy and healthy children.”
Medical professionals are well-remunerated and enjoy good working conditions and an excellent work life balance in New Zealand.
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