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Consultant Physician for Older People - New Zealand

Consultant - Medicine
Ref: 5780 Date Posted: Wednesday 08 Aug 2018
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Based at Whangarei Hospital, this position for a Specialist Physician for Older People is part of a service which provides care for older people across Northland. 

The role is based at Whangarei Hospital which is a 250-bed district hospital with all major specialities. As the successful applicant you will be part of a team of five specialist physicians for older people and work alongside a growing psychiatry for older people service and 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-bed Acute Stroke Unit. There are associated community rehabilitation teams, a region-wide needs assessment service and gerontology nurse specialist programmes. The hospital provides visiting outpatient clinics on five sites across Northland and residential care and home visiting services. 

The Location

The region covers an area of 12,600 square kilometres with a population of over 170,000 and is well known in New Zealand for its laidback way of life. The region is an area rich in Maori and European history, and has great cultural significance to the Maori people, 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 Kiwis in the summertime.

You can enjoy al fresco dining, world class scuba diving, fishing, sailing, surfing, swimming with dolphins and so much more. Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves. The city itself has undergone a lot of development in the last few years and now plays host to active theatre groups, many visiting artists, and is known countrywide for its annual Garden Festival and Opera in the Garden. The area has a busy domestic airport, as well as excellent transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city which is only two hours away.

In a nutshell, it’s a beautiful spot where outdoor enthusiasts and families of all ages can enjoy a truly balanced lifestyle.

Why NZ?

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 the 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.”

Consultants are well-remunerated and enjoy good working conditions and an excellent work life balance in New Zealand. There’s never been a better time to look more closely at what NZ has to offer:

  • No geographical restrictions – opportunities in major cities, towns, coastal, and rural locations
  • Great transport links, most locations fly to International Airports making flight connections easy
  • Excellent educational system
  • Strong real estate market and affordable housing to suit your style 
  • Incredible scenery and diverse wildlife 
  • Living well and feeling healthy is embraced as a lifestyle for all the family

Next Steps

We have assisted many Doctors in making the move to New Zealand and we’d be delighted to discuss the options with you in strictest confidence. Please get in touch with Tina at tina@headmedical.com with a copy of your cv.

 

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:

Tina Gesquiere

Recruitment Consultant

Tel: +44 (0)131 240 5258 LinkedIn