About the Job

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The hidden treasure of the South Island, stunning South Canterbury. And just a 4 hr 'instagrammable' drive from the fabulous resort town of Queenstown. 

We’re seeking an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult) to join the Mental Health & Addictions team in Timaru, South Canterbury. The team is expanding and you could be their new colleague.

  • Family friendly environment and a sense of community
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications (see below)
  • Broad skills in general adult mental health
  • Work across the Inpatient, Community and Addictions
  • Participate in the 1:4 on call roster
  • 5-10 minute commute to the office
  • Great schools, affordable housing and a low crime rate
  • Stunning natural landscape you to explore and enjoy

The Hospital & Service

Timaru Hospital (133 bed) is small but busy, employing approximately 950 people and delivers a range of inpatient, outpatient and community services to a regional population of 55,000.  The hospital is small and by necessity most senior clinicians across the medical specialities are generalists with some subspecialty interests.

You will find the team are a friendly bunch, highly professional and very welcoming of newcomers to the area. Timaru Hospital is the ideal size in that you see a wide variety of cases, yet it is small enough that you will get to know the wider staff and have ample time to spend with your clients. And while there are no registrars, the medical students really enjoy spending time at this hospital and are inspired to learn.

The Mental Health & Addictions Service is well-run and there is great support from the Nursing and Allied Health team.  Known as a trailblazing service (instrumental in pioneering the adoption of the ‘Strengths Based Recovery Model’ here in NZ), they are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic specialist who can fit in with their existing team and add valuable clinical expertise to their service and community.

For this role, therefore, 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 and other clinical staff; and of course, be involved in ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$180,000 - $290,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$161,304 to $240,000 pa (approx £82,000 to £122,000 pa), 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

Just 2 hours south of Christchurch, Timaru is situated right on the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by the magnificent Southern Alps, with the stunning South Islands Lakes (Tekapo, Pukaki, Aviemore, Benmore) an easy drive away. Slightly further south is Lake Wanaka and the famous resort town of Queenstown - all handy for a weekend getaway. There is fantastic ski-ing at premier ski-fields and for those who love golfing, there are some world class courses all within easy reach of Timaru.

It has long been viewed as a friendly, safe place to raise a family. The district has excellent primary and secondary schools and a local polytechnic. As well as being surrounded by a number of picturesque towns and smaller rural settlements, Timaru is almost equi-distant between the major university cities of Dunedin and Christchurch (which has an international airport), both cities being within an easy 2 hour drive along the main highway. The region has a temperate, moderate climate with consistently high sunshine hours. They may have snow in winter but they also have gloriously hot summers.  

Click here to read more about the Timaru and South Canterbury Lifestyle

Medical Registration Requirements

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

Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either UK (via FRCPsych/ MRCPsych and CCT), Australia (FRANZCP), Canada (FRCPSC), or the USA (American Board Certified) that will enable specialist registration with Medical Council of New Zealand via the Provisional Vocational registration (long term) pathway or Locum Tenens (short term, up to 12 months) registration pathway.

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

If appointed, in order to gain provisional vocational registration (long term specialist registration) your combination of qualifications, training and experience will be assessed by the Medical Council of NZ against the standard of the FRANZCP.

*It is important to note that to work in General Adult Psychiatry, you must be able to evidence you have completed a period of training in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and Consultation Liaison psychiatry during your specialist training programme.

If interested in this role, but unsure if your experience is applicable, please get in touch with your CV and we can provide further guidance.

**Primary Source Verification using 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. Candidates can log on to EPIC and complete this step online very easily. EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications. 

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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