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We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult) for a permanent position in the stunning subtropical Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Living this far north, you’ll be someone who appreciates a rural or beach lifestyle and working in small communities. This is a key appointment for the region and will involve conducting community clinics covering the Mid North, Bay of Islands and Hokianga areas, as well as providing clinical input into the Sub-Acute Unit.

  • Relaxed lifestyle in the stunning, subtropical Bay of Islands
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualification
  • Experience working in a rural community setting
  • Experience using a biopsychosocial framework for assessment and treatment
  • 1 hour from Whangarei and 3 hours from Auckland
  • Enjoy sea kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, paddleboarding, cycling, golfing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins, orcas

This position is part of Northland's wider Mental Health Services, which cover the whole of the North from around Wellsford to North Cape.  Inpatient services are available from the larger service in Whangarei, and peer support from colleagues in Whangarei, Kaikohe, Kerikeri and Kaitaia. 

This is an opportunity to provide leadership to a multidisciplinary team, with support for your professional development, and make a genuine difference to the communities across the region.

You will therefore 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, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, be involved in ongoing quality improvement programmes.

Whilst not essential, experience working in a specific culturally focused service would be advantageous, as would knowledge of Tikanga Māori and Te Reo. Northland’s population is approximately 160,000, with 32% identifying as Māori .

If interested in this role, having an open mind, a flexible approach and a willingness to learn and to take on new ideas and professional experiences will be key. In return, your experience working with the local community will be rewarding both professionally and socially, your openness will be embraced, encouraged and supported.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa depending on experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$161,304 - $240,000 pa depending on experience
  • Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 pa + 10 days CME leave
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Relocation assistance

The Region

The Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate. Its rich in Māori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Māori settlement can be found here and newcomers will experience a real – and unique - connection with the culture (Tikanga Māori ) and way of life. With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, it has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations.

The Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves are known for world class scuba diving and sailing.  

Venturing further past the main city of Whangarei, you’ll be based up in the unspoiled “Mid North”, home to small townships such as Kaikohe, Kawakawa and Kerikeri. Explore the nearby surrounding areas at the weekends; Waitangi, Paihia and Opua, or catch the ferry over to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Visit the magnificent and unspoiled Hokianga Harbour, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views and feel the deep spirituality and rich cultural history of the local Iwi.  

Explore the ancient Kauri forest and meet the majestic Tane Mahuta, cycle the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, or paddle a 40ft traditional war canoe (Waka Taua) – all experiences you will only find in New Zealand.

Whangarei is 1 hour drive away with a domestic airport which connects to Auckland International Airport (daily regular 35 minute flights to Auckland).

Find out more about the Northland region

Medical Registration Requirement

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

If not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications in psychiatry, e.g. MRCPsych (with UK CCT) that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration.  These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for Psychiatrists and we can assist with your medical registration and work visa application, if successfully appointed.

If appointed, in order to gain provisional vocational registration your combination of qualifications, training and experience will be assessed by the Medical Council of NZ against the standard of the FRANZCP. Further details can be found on the MCNZ website.

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 encourage doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Delays in verifications can impact on start dates, if not completed timeously.  Candidates are invited to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly. 

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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