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New Job. New Lifestyle...New Zealand 2021.

We’re seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult, Community) to join the team at Hawke’s Bay Hospital in Hastings.

Live the gourmet lifestyle in the sunny Hawke’s Bay on the East Coast of the North Island.

  • Relaxed living with a lovely climate
  • Permanent position, commencing 2021
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. MRCPsych/ FRCPsych with CCT
  • Work in one of the largest provincial hospitals in NZ (400 bed)
  • Join a team of 16 other psychiatrists
  • Teaching hospital with training registrars, active CME and research programmes
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools, ideal for families
  • Beautiful beaches and stunning hill country to explore; music, wine and food festivals; art deco architecture; cycling, paddleboarding, boating, golfing, and so much more…

The Mental Health Service is made up of two large community teams, with a Maori mental health service and satellite teams based out in their smaller towns and surrounding areas. Within this service are Child and Family, Home Based Treatment, Maternal Mental Health, Consultation-Liaison and Emergency Mental Health teams. The main hospital campus in Hastings houses the new Inpatient Unit and features high, medium and low intensity treatment areas as well as an intensive day treatment unit. Local residential addictions treatment service is provided in Napier and an opioid substitution programme is provided in both Napier and Hastings.

The service as a whole works also closely with local GPs and non-governmental organisations to create individual care packages for their patients.

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 also have 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, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$180,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on level of experience; On call calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Hawke’s Bay region (popn 162,000) is set on the beautiful East Coast of the North Island. Live in Hastings (popn 80,000) or the art-deco city of Napier (63,000) and enjoy all the lifestyle benefits that this region brings.

Home to an array of gourmet restaurants, bars and cafes; the beautiful surrounding scenery featuring of Te Mata Peak and Waimarama Beach; the fantastic bike trails down to Cape Kidnappers, not to mention the premier golf courses with views across the Pacific Ocean; as well as the music, wine and food festivals; and urban farmer’s markets – there is something here to suit everyone.

The climate with its high sunshine hours, lends itself beautifully to winemaking. The vineyards are famous for their red, white and specialty wines to complement any dish.

The local airport in Hastings features regular daily 1-hour flights to Auckland and Wellington International Airports, making connections to/from NZ very easy.

Learn more about the Hawke’s Bay 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 from either Australia (FRANZCP), the UK (MRCPsych/ FRCPsych via 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 medical registration and facilitate the work 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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