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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 Otolaryngologist/ ENT Surgeon to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairāwhiti region of the North Island.

Yes, the city of Gisborne is small, 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. Bring the kids, bring the paddleboards, bring the bikes.

  • Enjoy coastal living and sun-drenched beaches
  • Permanent role or fixed term for 12 months (minimum), commence 2021
  • Hold Otolaryngology specialist qualifications which enable Locum Tenens registration with MCNZ (see list below), e.g. FRCS with CCT
  • Modern department, varied casework
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, stunning sunrises, native forest & birds, dolphins and orcas


The Department provides General ORL and Head and Neck services with the occasional visiting subspecialist with backup from a tertiary centre. The Department is supported by an ear nurse service, onsite audiology services and a speech and language service.

The team currently consists of 2 other consultants and sees an annual total of approximately 2,000 patients of which 2/3 are general ORL and 1/3 head and neck surgery.  On average 500 surgeries are completed per annum. 

Your working week will be split into 70% clinical and 30% non-clinical time and you will also participate in the on-call roster.

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in ENT Surgery/ Otolaryngology, and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care. 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; and an interest in medical education and teaching. 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$180,000 - $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 calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

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.

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 an active focus on Māori Health issues and respecting Māori tikanga/culture with regards to patient care.  This makes Hauora Tairāwhiti a unique environment to establish your clinical practice.

The Location

Gisborne (regional population 49,100 with 75% living in the city) 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

Ideally, you will hold Fellowship in Otolaryngology from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of NZ (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you must hold equivalent specialist qualifications in Otolaryngology 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:

  • Australia (FRACS)
  • Canada (Fellowship in Otolaryngology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)
  • Ireland (Fellowship in Otolaryngology from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland via CCT)
  • UK (Fellowship in Otolaryngology from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh via CCT, or Fellowship in Otolaryngology from the Royal College of Surgeons of England via CCT, or Fellowship in Otolaryngology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow via CCT)
  • USA (Board Certification of the American Board of Otolaryngology, or Board Certification of the American Osteopathic Boards of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – head and neck surgery)

These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for Otolaryngologists/ ENT Surgeons and we can assist with 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 - Wainui Sunrise, Damon Meade

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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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