Consultant Physician (Health of Older People/ Gerontology/ Geriatrics) - Subtropical Lifestyle, just 2 hours North of Auckland - New Zealand

Consultant - Medicine
Ref: 5894 Date Posted: Friday 07 Sep 2018
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Start your 2019 off with a new exciting role in a lovely part of New Zealand.

Work in a service that has a strong focus on patient and family centred care and integration with hospital and community based services.

We are seeking a Specialist Physician (Health of Older People) to be based in Whangarei Hospital, a 250-bed district hospital with all major specialties.

This is an exciting new role to assist with increased early intervention for frail older people.

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate just 2 hours from Auckland
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualification
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools
  • Sailing, world class scuba diving (PADI), paddleboarding, mountain biking, surfing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings – white sandy beaches, native forest & Gateway to the Bay of Islands

You will be part of a team of 5 specialist physicians for older people and work alongside a growing Psychiatry for Older People Service and an Acute Stroke Service. This service provides for the rapidly growing older population of Northland which includes over 30,000 people aged 65 years or over.

It has a 24-bed Assessment and Rehabilitation ward at Whangarei Hospital which includes a 6-8 bed Acute Stroke Unit.  There are associated community rehabilitation teams, a region-wide needs assessment service and gerontology nurse specialist programmes.  They provide visiting outpatient clinics on 5 sites across Northland and residential care and home visiting services. 

You will have broad specialist experience in health of older people/ geriatrics/ gerontology. 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 level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa (£82,700 - £120,000) depending on level of experience
  • Annual $16,000 Continuing Medical Education allowance & 10 days CME leave to attend conferences
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Region

Whangarei is called the “Meeting place of the Pacific” because of its many international yachting visitors and the Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate. Its rich in Maori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Maori settlement can be found here and newcomers will experience a real connection with the culture and way of life.

With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, it has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations, and is a popular holiday choice for both Kiwis and international visitors. As a result, the region has developed into a real melting pot of cultures, which provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.

Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves for world class scuba diving (PADI), sailing and fishing. You can also enjoy al fresco dining, extreme sand boarding, paddle boarding, mountain biking, golfing, hiking and mountain biking and so much more.

Whangarei has easy access transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, which is only a two hour drive away. There is also a busy domestic airport, with numerous daily flights to Auckland (35 minutes) that connect to Auckland International Airport.

Find out more about Whangarei and the Northland region

Requirement for this role

Ideally you will hold FRACP 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. These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for specialist physicians and we can assist with medical registration and work visa applications if you are successfully appointed.

A further registration pathway may be applicable if you are an overseas trained physician with at least 33 months (out of the last 48 months) specialist/ consultant 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.

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.

 

If this sounds like the perfect job you can apply using the blue button below. Or if you’d like to find out more about this job or have an informal chat, please get in touch with us:

Caroline O'Hagan

Associate Partner (NZ)

Tel: +64 225214705 LinkedIn