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New Year, New Job, New Lifestyle.

This is an exciting time for this central North Island Otorhinolaryngology department. Due to expansion and retirement, there are 3 specialist surgeon roles available, commencing mid-2019.

Come and be a part of this expanding department and establish your New Zealand career.

These positions will be based at Palmerston North Hospital, a 350 bed secondary care hospital which offers most medical and surgical specialties with the exception of Cardiothoracic, Plastic and Neurosurgery.

  • Just a 2 hour drive from the capital city of Wellington
  • Full time, permanent positions
  • FRACS or equivalent specialist qualification
  • Ideal opportunity to establish yourself in a comparable health system
  • Suitable for both newly qualified and experienced specialists
  • Dept has subspecialty interests in Head & Neck, and Otology
  • Centre of the regional head & neck oncology service (catchment 550,000)
  • Fortnightly head & neck MDT
  • CPD sessions with otorhinolaryngologists from across central North Island

You will have a broad specialist experience and proven knowledge of modern skills and techniques within otorhinolaryngology.

In addition, you will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; 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 in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa depending on experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa depending on experience
  • Continuing Medical Education Allowance $16,000 pa + 10 days CME leave
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Relocation assistance

The Location

Palmerston North (population: urban 80,000, regional 180,000) is an inland city surrounded by rich farmland and lush, green hills.

It has all the facilities that you would expect of a city, yet is still compact and easy to navigate. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, a local airport and a wealth of sporting activities and community festivals if you want to get involved. Living here is affordable, with high quality housing and a reputation for its excellent primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities, there is a lot to offer families of all ages. And the commute to work is only 10-15 minutes from anywhere in the city.

If you prefer to live a semi-rural relaxed lifestyle, just a 15 minute drive away from Palmerston North is the town of Feilding, voted New Zealand’s most beautiful town 14 times, with its gorgeous gardens, Edwardian buildings and Farmers Markets at the weekend, it’s a great place to be based with a real sense of community and hospitality.

Whether you decide to live in Palmerston North itself or Feilding, or any of the other small towns in the Manawatu region, the location in the middle of the North Island means you will be within easy driving distance of premier ski resorts at Turoa and Whakapapa to the north, the lush Hawke’s Bay wine region to the east, clean and quiet unspoilt beaches (Himatangi, Foxton, Otaki) along the West Coast, and of course, to the South is NZ’s capital city of Wellington (2 hour drive).

The local airport has daily commuter flights to Wellington and Auckland, making international flight connections very easy.

Find out more about Palmerston North and the Manawatu region here

Requirement for this role

Ideally you will hold FRACS and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either the UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Australia, Canada or USA that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration as an Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgeon.

A further registration pathway may be applicable if you are an overseas trained Surgeon with at least 33 months (out of the last 48 months) specialist level experience from a country considered to have a comparable health system by the MCNZ. 

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements.

**If successful, you will be assisted and guided through the registration and work visa process by the employer directly**

Primary Source Verification using EPIC

From 1st November 2017, all relevant qualifications must now 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 recommend starting this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. Candidates can log on to EPIC and complete this step online very easily. EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications. 

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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