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One of the best lifestyle spots in NZ. Escape the UK winter and enjoy a Kiwi summer!

We’re seeking a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist (Psychogeriatrician) for an expanding team based in Tauranga, one of NZ's fastest growing cities.

  • Permanent or fixed term position (12 months minimum)
  • Part time 0.8fte (32 hrs pw) - work 4 days per week and enjoy the relaxed beach lifestyle
  • Based primarily in Tauranga with some services in Whakatane
  • Accredited training hospital for Registrars and Medical Students
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualification
  • Advanced training in Old Age Psychiatry essential

You will have broad experience and skills across Psychiatry of Older people, 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; and a commitment and willingness to be involved in continuous quality improvement programmes.

The Mental Health Service for Older People comprises a 10 bed inpatient unit, a multi-disciplinary community team that provides assessment and case management, and the integrated Community Outreach Service which provides individual and group therapies. The Service covers the whole Bay of Plenty region, so some clinical time in Whakatane may be required. On-call duties are based in Tauranga, with Whakatane having a separate adult mental health service that will assess MHSOP crises.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $270,000 pa pro rata, depending on experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$161,304 - $240,000 pa pro rata, depending on experience
  • Continuing Medical Education allowance NZ$16,000 pa + 10 days CME leave
  • Dedicated non-clinical time and multidisciplinary team working
  • Relocation assistance

The Hospital

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board delivers services to a catchment area spanning from Waihi Beach down to Whangaparaoa on the coastline and inland to the Urewera, Kaimai and Mamaku ranges. This incorporates the towns and cities of Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Opotiki.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board has two main sites. Tauranga Hospital (359-bed) provides health services to the people of the Western Bay of Plenty. A secondary hospital, it provides level 4-5 services including medical, surgical, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology and mental health. Whakatane Hospital (110-bed) is approx. a 1 hour drive from Tauranga and covers the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

The wider Mental Health & Addiction Service includes General Adult Inpatient and outpatient services, Psychogeriatrics, Consult Liaison, Child and Adolescent, Drug and Alcohol and Maternal Mental Health services. There are opportunities for research and teaching with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s own Clinical School as well as the close links with University of Auckland. They are an accredited site for Psychiatry Registrars training through the Upper Central North Island (UCNI) training scheme and 5th and 6th year medical students through the University of Auckland.

The Location

Tauranga is now the 5th largest city in New Zealand with an urban population of 170,000 (regionally 220,000) and is only a short drive south of Auckland. It has always been a premier destination, but with a strong NZ economy and a very buoyant housing market with many beach frontage properties and luxury apartments, Tauranga is now the fastest growing city in New Zealand. The schooling options are excellent, with both high performing public and private schools available.

Tauranga - and in particular the suburb of Mount Maunganui - is well known across NZ for many things; the relaxed lifestyle, the sunshine, the café scene, the surfing, the white sandy beaches and natural salt water hotpools, and the safe and family-friendly lifestyle and luxury real estate. It attracts families of all ages into the area and is a holiday favourite for visitors.

In 2018, Mount Maunganui was voted Beast Beach on Trip Advisor New Zealand. Also in the Top 10 Beaches are Papamoa and Ohope - all here in the same region.

In the summertime, the population swells and holidaymakers and international travellers come to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui to enjoy the beach and sun. There’s a real buzz about the place, especially over Christmas, New Year and the January School holidays. A large number of cruise ships berth in Tauranga from October to April (the 2016/17 season had 83 cruise ships visiting with a passenger population of approx. 150,000).

  • Auckland is a 35 minute flight or a 2.5 hour easy drive
  • Food, craft beer and music festivals, major sporting events (ocean swimming, triathlon series, surf lifesaving, beach volleyball and more...)
  • Sea kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, powerboating, windsurfing, sailing, fishing
  • White sandy beaches, safe swimming harbour, natural salt water hot pools, a local mountain with amazing endless views
  • See stunning marine life first hand - dolphins, whales or orca swimming in the ocean

More info on the Tauranga Lifestyle

Requirement for this role

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

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. MRCPsych & CCT, which are eligible for Provisional Vocational registration (long term) or Locum Tenens registration (short term up to 12 months). These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ as a Psychiatrist.

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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