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It’s the laidback lifestyle that people think about when they think of New Zealand and the location is one of NZ’s best kept secrets. Beaches, welcoming community, off the beaten track, ideal for those who love surfing and the outdoors life.

We’re seeking an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult) to be based in Gisborne in the Tairawhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island.

  • Start in 2019 and enjoy relaxed coastal living and a vibrant local community
  • Ideally, this is a permanent appointment
  • 12 months (minimum) may be considered
  • Solid, up to date working knowledge of general adult psychiatry
  • An interest in closing the gap in health inequalities would be welcome
  • Be part of a dedicated multidisciplinary team
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins, whales

You will have broad experience and skills across General Adult Psychiatry which includes working in both community and inpatient settings.

You will also have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; as well as a commitment and willingness to be involved in service development and quality improvement projects.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package range NZ$180,000 - $280,000 pa, depending on experience
  • Base salary from NZ$161,304 - $240,000 pa (approx £84,000 to £125,000 pa)
  • NZ$16,000 Continuing Medical Education Allowance pa
  • Plus 10 days CME leave pa
  • 6 weeks Annual Leave
  • Relocation assistance

The Location

Gisborne features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce and award winning wines from local boutique vineyards. Local schools are excellent and real estate is affordably priced – there is something ideal to suit your needs from apartments, townhouses, something more rural (lifestyle block) or close to Wainui Beach.

Gisborne enjoys warm summers (up to mid-30s) and mild winters and is considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. It’s also the first place to see the sunrise every morning.

Locals enjoy easy access to a fantastic untouched natural environment, which lends itself to such outdoor pastimes as surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hill walking etc.

It’s also a popular holiday destination for other visiting Kiwis in the summertime, drawn to the hot summer weather, annual music festivals, vineyard tours and surfing competitions. 

The local airport has regular daily flights to Auckland and Wellington airports (1 hr flights), making international connections easy, as well as making other domestic destinations such as Queenstown and the Bay of Islands easily accessible

Additionally, you’re only a few hours drive from stunning Tauranga and the beautiful Hawke’s Bay regions.

Find out more about Gisborne and the Tairawhiti region here.

Medical Registration

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

If you are an overseas specialist psychiatrist, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications that will enable Provisional Vocational (specialist) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration, e.g. from either the UK (MRCPsych and CCT/ CCST), Australia (FRANZCP), Canada (FRCPC) or the USA (Board Certification).

These are the two 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.

If you are an overseas specialist psychiatrist considering a long term move to NZ, you should be aware your training, qualifications and experience will be compared to that of a NZ-trained specialist psychiatrist (with FRANZCP).

Primary Source Verification of Qualifications via 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.

Doctors are required to complete this step online themselves, as EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications. 

Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.


Photo: Tairawhiti Gisborne - Wainui Sunrise, credit to Damon Meade

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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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