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We're seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult) to join the Mental Health & Addiction Service in Palmerston North, in the Manawatu region of the central North Island.


This role will be primarily based in an Inpatient setting, but there is also some flexibilty to work in Community too, if you wish.


The Mental Health and Addiction Service provides comprehensive community-based mental health services across the complete age range including:

Acute inpatient services (including intensive mental health care-26 beds); Comprehensive community adult services; Child, adolescent and family mental health services; Specialist Maori mental health services (Oranga Hinengaro); Specialist services for Mental Health for the elderly; Specialist community alcohol and drug services including OST services; Comprehensive 24 hour acute care services (crisis intervention service); General hospital liaison psychiatry; Early intervention services; and Intensive community rehabilitation services.

  • Full time, permanent position (12 months may also be considered)
  • Regional hospital, with a strong medical education ethos
  • Close links to tertiary centres and medical schools
  • Small university city with affordable housing and excellent schools
  • Just 2 hrs drive from Wellington, capital city of NZ

The General Adult Mental Health Service incorporates community mental health services in the Manawatu, Tararua and Horowhenua districts delivering general adult mental health in the community, inpatient services, eating disorders, maternal mental health, mobile assertive follow up, co-existing disorder & community rehabilitation.

The Acute Inpatient Ward at Palmerston North Hospital where this role will be primarily based, houses a 6 bed high needs secure unit and an 18 bed acute unit.

Overall, Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary teaching hospital, serving an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of approx. 168,000.

There is commitment to medical education, both from a teaching perspective but also as a peer group maintaining professional standards and being up to date on their own continuing professional development. They are recognised by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for registrar training in inpatient, general adult community, and child and adolescent psychiatry, and this is an area they looking to develop further.

Over the last 18 months, there has been a lot of service development undertaken by a new Clinical Director, the existing Psychiatrist team with support from the Multidisciplinary Executive Leadership Team, and there is more to be done. 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 across the whole community.

This role is another key appointment for the existing team to help continue with this work.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$170,000 - $280,000 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

The Location

Palmerston North (population: urban 80,000, regional 168,000) has a genuine, easygoing vibe. 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 circa 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 for families with a real sense of community and hospitality.

Whether you decide to live in Palmerston North itself or Feilding, or any of the other little 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 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.


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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