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We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist (Inpatient) for a permanent position based in Whangarei in the stunning subtropical Northland region of NZ.

Working in the Northland Mental Health and Addictions Service, you will be part of a multidisciplinary team that works in partnership with other health, social and community sectors in the area.

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate just 2 hours from Auckland
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualification in psychiatry
  • 25 bed modern, purpose built inpatient unit
  • Recovery focused model of care
  • Experience in both inpatient and community settings
  • Strong interest in acute care, registrar teaching and supervision
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools
  • Sailing, world class scuba diving (PADI), paddleboarding, cycling, hiking, surfing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings - white sandy beaches, native forest & gateway to the Bay of Islands

Providing clinical care in the inpatient setting, you will have broad specialist experience and skills across Psychiatry in both inpatient and community settings.

In addition, you will also have 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, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa depending on experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa depending on experience
  • Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 pa + 10 days CME leave
  • Relocation assistance

The Region

Whangarei is called the “Meeting place of the Pacific” because of its many international yachting visitors and the Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate.

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, and is a popular holiday choice for both New Zealanders and international visitors.

It’s a region rich in Māori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Māori settlement can be found here. As a result, Northland has developed into a real melting pot of cultures, which provides valuable exposure and rewarding experiences both professionally and socially. Today, 35% of the Northland population identify as Māori , so newcomers will experience a real connection with the (Tikanga) culture and way of life here.

Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves for world class scuba diving (PADI), sailing and fishing. You can also enjoy al fresco dining, extreme sand boarding, paddle boarding, mountain biking, golfing, hiking and mountain biking and so much more.

Whangarei has easy access transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, which is only a two hour drive away. There is also a busy domestic airport, with numerous daily flights to Auckland (35 minutes) that connect to Auckland International Airport.

Find out more about Whangarei and the Northland region

Requirements for this role

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

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications 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 medical registration and work visa applications if you are successfully appointed. For more information on medical registration in NZ, please visit the Medical Council of New Zealand's 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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