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Consultant Psychiatrist - Adult Forensic Community Service - New Zealand

Consultant - Psychiatry
Ref: 4028 Date Posted: Monday 06 Nov 2017
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Are you looking for a change of scene coupled with a new professional challenge? I am seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist with forensic experience who is comfortable taking on a senior role within a central regional service.

The role

  • You will work in in a multidisciplinary team setting, providing high quality diagnosis, treatment and follow up of mental health consumers
  • Support the medical and psychiatric development of the service
  • Be responsible for providing input to regular prison clinics and follow up a small number of Special Patients in the community
  • Provide court requested expert assessments and reports
  • Occasionally be required to attend court to give an expert opinion

Peer review, informal supervision and collegial support are provided on a two weekly basis at the Regional Forensic Service in Porirua.

This is a full time position (although there may be some flexibility) based in Palmerston North. However, the area of work is spread throughout the prisons and courts within Manawatu and Whanganui.

The Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Service provides the acute inpatient service which consist of Purehurehu (male only 15 bed unit) and Rangipapa (mixed gender 13 bed unit). Pukeko House is attached to Rangipapa unit. Pukeko house provides rehabilitation/recovery step-down facility for four tangata whaiora/service users within the inpatient forensic system. The service also has access to longer stay beds in the Rehabilitation Service and there is a close interface between the two services.

The location 

Palmerston North (population: urban 80,000, regional 168,000) has a genuine, easygoing vibe. It has all the facilities that you would expect of a city, yet is still compact and easy to navigate. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, a local airport and a wealth of sporting activities and community festivals if you want to get involved. Living here is very affordable, with quality housing and a reputation for its excellent primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities, there is a lot to offer families of all ages. And the commute to work is circa 10-15 minutes from anywhere in the city.

If you prefer to live a semi-rural relaxed lifestyle, just a 15 minute drive away from Palmerston North is the town of Feilding, voted New Zealand’s most beautiful town 14 times, with its gorgeous gardens, Edwardian buildings and Farmers Markets at the weekend, it’s a great place for families with a real sense of community and hospitality.

Whether you decide to live in Palmerston North itself or Feilding, or any of the other little towns in the Manawatu region, the location in the middle of the North Island means you will be within easy driving distance of premier ski resorts at Turoa and Whakapapa to the north, the lush Hawke’s Bay wine region to the east, clean and quiet unspoilt beaches (Himatangi, Foxton, Otaki) along the West Coast, and of course, to the South is NZ’s capital city of Wellington (2 hour drive).

Find out more about Palmerston North and the Manawatu region here.

  • Experience a comparable health system where your qualifications are recognised
  • Competitive remuneration packages (circa NZD$180k to NZD$280k, depending on your experience)
  • Generous relocation assistance
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) allowance plus 10 days CME leave
  • Multidisciplinary team working and opportunities to be involved in teaching the next generation of psychiatrists

Why NZ?

New Zealand is becoming more and more a location of choice for those who previously considered Australia as the most desirable location down under. Its rapid growth compared to other developed countries has recently been referred to as a “rock star economy” and it was voted the best place in world to raise a family by the 2014 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, with the report describing it as “an ideal destination to raise active, outdoorsy and healthy children.”

Consultant Psychiatrists are well-remunerated and enjoy good working conditions and an excellent work life balance in New Zealand.

There’s never been a better time to look more closely at what NZ has to offer:

  • No geographical restrictions – opportunities in major cities, towns, coastal, and rural locations
  • Great transport links, most locations fly to International Airports making flight connections to/from NZ easy
  • Excellent educational system, with private and public schools as well as a number of tertiary institutions
  • Strong real estate market and affordable housing to suit your style – apartment, townhouse, or lifestyle block
  • Incredible scenery and diverse wildlife – explore the great outdoors from beaches to mountains, see dolphins, whales and native birds
  • Living well and feeling healthy is embraced as a lifestyle for all the family

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Next Steps

We have assisted many Psychiatrists in making the move to New Zealand and we’d be delighted to discuss the options with you in strictest confidence. You can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page

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