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New Year. New Job. New Lifestyle… New Zealand 2022

A big job with big job satisfaction. Roles like this don’t come up too often in psychiatry. It’s an exciting opportunity if you’ve been thinking about making a change and New Zealand is on your bucket list.

We’re seeking an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult) to be based in Dunedin, working in both the Acute Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatric Service, and the Rural Community Mental Health team.

  • University city and family friendly environment in the South Island – pack up kids and the bikes!
  • Permanent position, commencing 2022
  • 1.8fte with remuneration to meet this level of commitment
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCPsych with CCT
  • Tertiary centre and University Teaching Hospital
  • Prestigious Otago Medical School co-located on campus
  • Enjoy great schools, affordable housing and a safe community
  • Explore the stunning natural landscape at the weekends, here you are surrounded by some of NZ’s most famous locations – Queenstown, Cardrona, Wanaka, Akaroa Peninsula, Fox Glacier and more!


The Hospital and Service

Southern District Health Board (SDHB) has three key sites in Dunedin (Dunedin Hospital delivers a tertiary service and Wakari Hospital), Invercargill (Southland Hospital) and Queenstown. SDHB covers the largest geographical catchment of the DHB’s in New Zealand and has a diverse patient population.

Dunedin Hospital is the Tertiary Hospital for the southern district, and as such enjoys a close relationship with the Department of Psychological Medicine at Otago Medical School (University of Otago). This gives the team ready access to continuing professional development and provide training to students – ideal if you have an interest in medical education and teaching alongside your clinical work.

You will be working from the Dunedin Hospital and Wakari Hospital sites. You will work within both the Acute Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatric Service, and Rural Community Mental Health teams, as well as working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team and engaging with the wider mental health and addictions sector.

  • The Acute Inpatient Ward (16 bed and open plan) provides care for the full range of general adult mental health disorders. Here you will work alongside experienced clinical staff and become an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. The Inpatient service has strong clinical relationships with all parts of the Mental Health Service and operates as part of an integrated model of care to provide a comprehensive and seamless service to the population of the Southern District Health Board. 
  • The Rural Community Mental Health Teams provide a range of specialist mental health services in the community, including child and adolescent services and addictions. A multidisciplinary team of health professionals provides a range of services for all people who experience significant mental illness or distress.
  • In addition, the Emergency Psychiatric Service provides around the clock urgent crisis assessments and interventions for consumers of all ages. A mobile service, you will use consumer assessments to establish acuity and decide on further treatments or interventions.

As you can see, this is an interesting role with lots of scope for you to make it your own, encompassing Adult Rural Community Mental Health, Emergency Psychiatric and Acute Inpatient Services. Do you have a preference in the area you would like to work in?

Our client is happy to discuss any of these options with you.

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in General Adult Psychiatry (inpatient and/ or community settings is essential) and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care. You will enjoy working in a multicultural workforce, having a strong commitment to client and whanau/ family inclusion in service delivery, as well as a focus on recovery.

You will have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education, teaching and research, including providing supervision and education to students, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment to service development.

You will be required to participate in the on-call roster providing after hours coverage for the Otago (Dunedin) part of the wider Southern District Health Board district.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on level of experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 per annum, depending on level of experience; On call calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Location

Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island. There is plenty to enjoy in this city, from an excellent restaurant and café culture, a brilliant shopping and fashion industry, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, a brand new and extremely impressive stadium which was purpose built for the Rugby World Cup, surf beaches and more.

It’s also a university city and home to one of two Medical Schools here in New Zealand. The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.

Add to this the spectacular scenery and diversity of leisure time opportunities available in the region, including mountain biking, hiking, wine country and lakes, plus the close proximity to Queenstown and Wanaka for skiing and adventure pursuits and you’ll realise why the region’s population is growing as more and more people choose to make it their home.

It’s about deciding whether you want the ten-minute drive, the 15-minute bike ride or the half hour walk to work. It’s about deciding what to do on the weekend – surf, drink coffee, shop or hike in the mountains just down the road. Dunedin is a safe environment and a treasure trove of family fun!

Follow the link to find out more about living in Dunedin.

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 from either Australia (FRANZCP), the UK (MRCPsych/ FRCPsych and CCT), Canada (FRCPSC) or USA (current American Board Certification) that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term) registration. 

These are the two specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for psychiatrists and we can assist with the medical registration and visa, if successfully appointed.

Please note, a Doctor’s relevant qualifications must 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 encourage you to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. You may to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly with you. Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.


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

alasdairl@headmedical.com / 0131 357 1848

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