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We’re seeking Consultant Psychiatrists (General Adult) to join the Adult Mental Health and Addictions Service in Hamilton, a bustling University city in the Waikato region, just 90 minutes’ drive from Auckland.

  • Permanent roles commencing 2018
  • Be at the forefront of innovation in mental health service delivery
  • Both Community and Inpatient roles available
  • Be involved in ongoing quality improvement initiatives
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications

The Service has been going through a period of transformation, with more service improvements to follow, including a new inpatient facility which is currently in the planning stages. The aim being to have a more inter-connected service that works more closely with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local GPs, social services, education, for the benefit of patients and their families within the community. A service that aims to be more innovative, uses technology, helps close the gaps in health inequalities and provides effective and efficient care in a safe environment.

They are looking for Psychiatrists who along with the their specialist clinical skills, also has experience of (or an interest in) service development and working through change. It’s an exciting time to be involved and to help shape the future of this vital service.

You will have broad clinical experience and skills across General Adult Psychiatry along with 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 and willingness to be involved in ongoing quality improvement programmes.

The Hospital & Service

Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) is one of the largest DHBs in New Zealand, both geographically and in terms of population (Hamilton: 200,000; Waikato region 390,000), and is one of tertiary teaching centres in NZ.

WDHB provides a comprehensive Adult Mental Health and Addictions Service which includes: Inpatient Services; Triage; Crisis Assessment and Home Treatment (CAHT); Assertive Community Treatment (ACT); Consult Liaison; Community Alcohol & Drugs (CADS); and an Integrated Recovery Service.

In addition, they provide the following specialised mental health services: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); Infant, Child & dolescent Mental Health (ICAMHS); Intellectual Disability; Integrated Recovery Service; Memory Service; Mental Health Services for Older People; Perinatal Mental Health; Regional Forensic Mental Health Service (Puawai); Residential Coordination Service; and Specialist Eating Disorders (SEDS).

Committed to continuing medical education and professional development, they have active peer review groups and a recognised training scheme for Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP).

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 NZ$16,000 Continuing Medical Education allowance & 10 days CME leave to attend conferences
  • Dedicated non-clinical time and multidisciplinary team working
  • Plus relocation assistance

And the lifestyle and location are ideal:

  • 4th largest city in New Zealand, just 90 minutes from Auckland
  • Wide range of city amenities: restaurants and cafes, arts and culture, major sporting events
  • Affordable housing market and excellent schooling options
  • Easy access to the rest of the North Island, beautiful beaches, national parks, lakes and mountains

The Location

As one of New Zealand’s fastest growing areas, key to this growth is its central location and easy access to other parts of the country. Auckland City is only a 90 minute drive away and both the west coast and east coast beaches are within easy reach, including Mount Maunganui (voted New Zealand’s best beach in 2017), the stunning Coromandel Peninsula, and Raglan Beach, with its rugged coastline and some of the best surf breaks NZ has to offer.

As a university city, there is a diverse mix of arts and culture, as well as an array of sporting activities. The population is diverse, with many cultures represented and celebrated here. Events and festivals throughout the year include Diwali, Matariki (Maori New Year), Garden shows, regular Farmers Markets, Theatre shows and music festivals, major sporting events and tournaments.

There is an array of restaurants and cafes featuring locally sourced products, a vibrant nightlife, vineyards, and wide open spaces for you to enjoy the great outdoors. Housing is affordable whether you like the idea of an urban apartment, a townhouse with a garden, or a sprawling lifestyle block just outside of the city. There is also a wide variety of schooling options to suit your family needs.

You can find out more about the lifestyle and Hamilton City and the Waikato region here

Requirement for this role

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

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either UK, 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 Psychiatrists and we can assist with medical registration and work visa applications, if you are successfully appointed.

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements, including primary source verification of your qualifications which was introduced by MCNZ 1st November 2017.

For more details, please contact Caroline at caroline@headmedical.com with a copy of your CV.

Please note, Caroline is based in Wellington, New Zealand, having made the move with her family in September 2017.


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