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New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand.

Be based in South Canterbury and explore the beauty of the South Island.

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 in 2020.

  • Relaxed family-friendly environment where true work-life balance is achievable
  • Permanent position, commencing 2020
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications (see below)
  • Generalist role; work across inpatient, community and addiction settings
  • Participate in the 1:4 on call roster
  • 5-10 minute commute to the office (yes, really!)
  • Explore the stunning lakes, mountains and beaches; some of NZ's most beautiful scenery
  • Skiing, mountain biking, hillwalking, golfing, athletics, rugby, cricket, sailing, fishing, and more...


The Hospital

The South Canterbury District Health Board employs more than 950 people and provides hospital and health services to more than 55,000 people in the South Canterbury region. Timaru Hospital is a 131-bed facility, with a range of inpatient, outpatient and community secondary services. The hospital provides 24 hour, seven day acute medical, surgical and maternity services, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation (AT&R) services for older persons and a number of tertiary services through visiting clinicians.

Timaru Hospital (131 beds) 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.

The Hospital is an ideal size in that you see a 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 here and are inspired to learn.

The Service

Known as a trailblazing service (instrumental in pioneering the adoption of the ‘Strengths Based Recovery Model’ here in NZ), the Mental Health & Addictions Service are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic specialist psychiatrist who can fit in with their existing team and provide valuable clinical expertise to the local community.

The Service is compact so the psychiatrists develop close relationships within the different workstreams (inpatient, community, alcohol and drug, child and youth) and they all work together well; this close working means that things get done quickly and it’s well co-ordinated. As a well-run service, there is also great support from the nursing and allied health teams too.

These things combined make it feel like a really good job for someone who wants to contribute to the service and the local community, but also achieve real work life balance and have ample quality time with their family outside of work.

For this role, 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$164,369 to $244,560 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

The name Timaru is derived from the Māori term "Te Maru", meaning "Place of shelter", which encompasses what Timaru offers those who choose to make their life here; a great place to live.

Timaru is situated on the east coast of the South Island, surrounded by the magnificent Southern Alps, with the South Island Lakes (Lakes Tekapo, Pukaki, Aviemore and Benmore) just an easy drive away. Slightly further south is Lake Wanaka and the famous resort town of Queenstown (4 hours) - still handy though for a fabulous weekend getaway.

Timaru has long been viewed as a friendly, safe place to raise a family. The district has excellent primary and secondary schools. The average house price is $373,000 (Dec 2019) and there is low unemployment and a low crime rate.

As well as being surrounded by a number of picturesque towns and smaller rural settlements such as Geraldine, Twizel, Temuka, Peel Forest and Pleasant Point, Timaru is 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.

There are regular daily flights (1hr 15 mins) to NZ’s capital city of Wellington from Timaru airport too, making international connections really easy.

The South Canterbury region has a temperate, moderate climate with consistently high sunshine hours. They may have snow in winter, ideal if you love winter sports, but they also have gloriously hot summers, so you can get outside with the family and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

Find out more about the Timaru and South Canterbury lifestyle here

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Our Town

Our lifestyle

Our quality time

(provided by Aoraki Development, NZ)

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 who wish to work in NZ and we can assist with medical registration and the work visa, if successfully appointed.

Specific note for Psychiatrists who wish to work in NZ for longer than 12 months:

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 Child & Adolescent psychiatry and Consultation Liaison psychiatry during your specialist training programme (these are mandatory components of the FRANZCP training programme here in NZ).

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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