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Nau mai. Haere mai.

New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2022.

If you’re thinking about your next career move, you won’t find a more unique location. We’re seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist (Old Age/ Mental Health of Older People) to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairāwhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island. You will work for the Hauora Tairāwhiti Mental Health and Addiction Service (Te Ara Maioha).

It’s an exciting time to join the service and this role will suit a psychiatrist who has enthusiasm and passion to tackle inequities, to develop the service, and to really make a significant difference within the community.

Gisborne is a small city (regional population 47,000 with 30,000 in the city itself), but for those who love the outdoors, good clean air, and a beautiful natural environment, you won’t get a better location to enjoy the relaxed NZ lifestyle.

  • Relaxed coastal living – pack up the paddleboards and bring the kids!
  • Permanent role
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. MRCPsych or FRCpsych and CCT
  • Generalist psychiatrist skills are required as participation in an afterhours on call roster is required
  • Buoyant housing market and excellent schools
  • Enjoy paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, hiking, swimming, cycling, jetskiing, golfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, boating.... and more
  • See diverse marine life; dolphins, whales and orcas

Te Ara Maioha provide adult inpatient and primary and secondary community mental health and addictions services; infant, child and adolescent mental health and addiction services; and mental health services for older people. New funding has been specifically allocated to Tairāwhiti for the development of new service models and facilities that will better provide for the needs of the local community.

There is a focus in all service development and delivery in addressing inequalities for Māori.

You will find there is diverse clinical work, rewarding and unique collaborations and a positive experience of work life balance. There are opportunities to work creatively and with flexibility to achieve the positive outcomes for whanau (family). Professional relationships are strong and collegial. There is a commitment to excellence in practice, professional development and opportunities for research.

Participation in an afterhours on call roster is required. The after hour’s roster is well supported by skilled and experienced front line clinical staff who work with a cultural team. The frequency of call is usually one week night and one weekend per month.

For this role, you will have broad generalist specialist experience in Mental Health for Older People/ Old Age Psychiatry. You will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care and experience of working in a culturally diverse setting.

You will 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.

You will also enjoy working in a multicultural workforce, and being based in a friendly coastal community.

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, (approx £83,000 to £124,000 pa) depending on your 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 Hospital

Hauora Tairāwhiti (Gisborne Hospital) is a comprehensive, well-equipped secondary hospital with modern facilities. They have established systems for tertiary support and clinical backup with Waikato Hospital, Auckland Hospital and Starship Hospital. This includes clinical advice and urgent transfer, if required.

The Hospital is committed to the needs of Māori who make up 65% of admissions to the hospital and form 46.2% of the region’s total population. There is also an active focus on Māori Health issues and respecting Māori culture and customs with regards to patient care. This makes Hauora Tairāwhiti a unique environment where you will encounter a diverse range of conditions, treatment procedures and cultural practices. 

For those not from New Zealand, this provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially. Your experience and background is welcome.

The Location

Gisborne features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce and award-winning wines from local boutique vineyards. Local schools are excellent and real estate is affordably priced – there is something ideal to suit your needs from apartments, townhouses, something more rural (lifestyle block) or close to Wainui Beach. Gisborne enjoys warm summers (up to low-30s, degree celsius) and mild winters and is considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. It is also the first place to see the sunrise every morning.

Locals enjoy easy access to a fantastic untouched natural environment, which lends itself to such outdoor pastimes as surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, ocean swimming, mountain biking and hill walking etc. It’s also a popular holiday destination for other visiting Kiwis in the summertime, drawn to the hot summer weather, annual music festivals, vineyard tours and surfing competitions. 

The local airport has regular daily flights to Auckland and Wellington airports (1 hr flights), making international connections easy, as well as making other domestic destinations such as Queenstown and the Bay of Islands easily accessible.

Additionally, you’re only a few hours drive from stunning Tauranga city and surrounding beaches in the Bay of Plenty, and the beautiful Hawke’s Bay wine region.

Find out more about Gisborne and the Tairawhiti 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 or FRCPsych and CCT), Canada (FRCPSC) or USA (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 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.


Photo credit:  tairawhitigisborne.co.nz - Wainui Sunrise, Damon Meade

For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Sharon today.

sharon@headmedical.com / +44 (0) 131 240 5276

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