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Come to the sunny Bay of Plenty!

Due to a recent retirement, an exciting opportunity has arisen in the Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Whakatāne.

We’re seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist with broad experience to work in a small local team in the Mental Health & Addiction Service (MHAS), which is part of a larger district-wide service across the Bay of Plenty (regional popn 238,830). With a short commute to work and some of the best beaches in NZ on your doorstep, this is truly a lifestyle move.

  • Relaxed coastal community, pack the paddleboards and bring the kids!
  • Only 1 hr drive to Tauranga (NZ’s fastest growing city)
  • Permanent position, commence 2021
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. MRCPsych with CCT
  • Beautiful natural surroundings –  white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins & orcas

You will be working with a Community Mental Health and Addictions multidisciplinary clinical team, the acute inpatient unit at Whakatāne Hospital and NGO and primary care providers. You will work with Whakatane and Tauranga clinicians in a number of cross-district service relationships that include general adult, consultation liaison, child and adolescent, addiction and mental health services for older people. 

There is opportunity to work with Auckland University Medical School students and Psychiatry Registrars.

For this role, you will have broad experience and skills in Psychiatry and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care, combined with experience of working in a culturally diverse setting.

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 medical students, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment to service development.

You will enjoy working in a multicultural workforce, and being based in a friendly coastal community.

There’s no better time to consider a positive career move and relocate to one of the loveliest parts of New Zealand.

What’s on offer?

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

The Location

Whakatāne (popn 37,100) and the neighbouring township of Ōhope offer a warm, relaxed lifestyle with over 50 km of coastline to enjoy and explore.  

Located just 1 hour’s drive from Tauranga City and 3.5 hours from Auckland, the region features some of the best beaches in NZ, such as Ōhope, Pukehina and Ōhiwa as well as Mount Maunganui and Papamoa further up the coast – the warm and sunny climate makes it ideal for those who love the great outdoors and the beach life.  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, hill walking, golfing and more.

There is a domestic airport with daily flights to Auckland’s international airport, making connections to/from Whakatane very easy (45 minutes).

Find out more about the Bay of Plenty and Whakatane 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 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.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

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 doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Candidates are invited 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 Caroline today.

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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