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We are seeking an outstanding and experienced Consultant Palliative Medicine to be based at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, on the North Island of New Zealand.

The Waikato Palliative Care Program, currently accredited with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, encompasses two sites; Waikato Hospital and Hospice Waikato, providing specialist palliative care across the Waikato Region.

Waikato Hospital is one of the largest Tertiary Care Hospitals in Australasia and the Palliative Care department reports within the Division of Oncology. A consult liaison service is provided by medical and nursing specialists to palliative oncology patients as well as patients in general, respiratory, cardiology and renal medicine. A small number of patients are admitted under the Palliative Care service from other DHBs as well as those with complex palliative care needs.

Hospice Waikato is the main community palliative care provider to the region comprising a 10-bed inpatient unit on-site along with Rainbow Place, NZ’s only specialist Children’s Hospice facility. Hospice Waikato also provides an at home service, a rural outreach programme, plus outpatient clinics. Patients and family/whanau of Hospice have access to a full range of psychosocial and spiritual support through illness and bereavement.  

The SMO will spend quality time on both sites. The program has a close relationship with the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical School and an Honorary appointment at an appropriate University level (Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor or Professor) can be arranged depending on your experience and academic qualifications.


Situated on the banks of New Zealand’s longest river, it is New Zealand’s 4th largest city, and it’s rich cultural mix and vibrant centre makes it a perfect place to experience the friendly Kiwi lifestyle.  Both the West Coast and East Coast beaches are within easy reach, meaning endless recreational possibilities. You can find out more about Hamilton here

What’s on offer?

  • Experience a comparable health system where your qualifications are recognised
  • Competitive remuneration packages (circa NZD$180k to NZD$280k, depending on your experience)
  • Generous relocation assistance
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) allowance plus 10 days CME leave (pro rata)
  • Multidisciplinary team working and opportunities to be involved in teaching and research

Next steps

Get in touch with Caroline at caroline@headmedical.com with a copy of your cv!

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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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