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Thinking about your next career move? Come on down and enjoy the Nelson lifestyle in 2019!

We are seeking Consultant Psychiatrists (2 roles) to be based in Nelson at the top of the South Island – one of NZ’s top destinations. 

These are permanent positions (from 0.8fte up to 1.0fte full time), working across both inpatient and community settings.

**There is also the opportunity to be considered for the Clinical Director Mental Health & Addictions (0.2fte) and/or Director Area Mental Health Services (0.1fte), if you would like to undertake some management responsibilities. You would still maintain your clinical work, making your role full-time.

  • Relaxed lifestyle at the Top of the South Island
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualification
  • Experience working in community and inpatient settings
  • Experience in consult liaison psychiatry advantageous
  • Stunning natural landscape: beaches, lakes, mountains, National Parks
  • Excellent schools and affordable housing
  • Explore the café culture, artist retreats, craft breweries, award-winning vineyards…

Joining a team of 7 Consultant Psychiatrists and 4 Medical Officers/Registrars, you will be part of well-established and well-respected specialist team delivering services to a population of approx. 140,000.

The well-established community psychiatric services include a community mental health team, with 24 hour acute intervention, general adult, child and adolescent, older persons and addiction medicine. Inpatient care is provided through an onsite 26 bed inpatient unit with IPC facilities.

See more about Nelson Marlborough Health

The Role

You will have broad specialist experience and skills across general adult psychiatry in community setting(s), preferably including crisis assessment and management.

In addition, you will also have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care and commitment to current standards of evidence-based and best practice; 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 client centred and family inclusive care, working collaboratively with clients in setting treatment goals and involving family accordingly.

What’s on offer? (1.0fte full-time)

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $280,000 pa depending on experience
  • Includes base salary, ranging from NZ$161,304 - $240,000 pa (approx £88,000 - £131,000), depending on experience
  • Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 pa + 10 days CME leave pa
  • Relocation assistance

*Please note, where an appointment is 0.8fte, remuneration package will be calculated pro-rata.

The Location

Nelson and the Tasman region offers a fantastic lifestyle for families and those who love the great outdoors: mountain biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, hillwalking, sailing, mountain biking, ski-ing, fishing, and golfing - the opportunities to enjoy the beaches and National Parks are endless.

The sunny climate and rich soil creates ideal conditions for vineyards and many award-winning wines hail from this part of New Zealand.

Nelson has easy access transport links to the rest of the South Island, as well as the North Island, which makes it such a popular place to live.

Nelson has its own busy domestic airport, with regular daily flights connecting to International Airports in Wellington (35 mins), Auckland (1hr 25 mins) and Christchurch (50 mins).

But if you prefer a nice leisurely drive, Christchurch is approx. 5 hrs drive south through some stunning parts of the South Island, from Marlborough, the Awatere Valley, Kaikoura, Waipara and finally, Christchurch.

Ferries also operate daily in/out of Wellington across the Cook Strait to Picton (3.5 hrs) with onward drive of 1hr 45mins to Nelson.

Find out more about Nelson and the Tasman region

Requirement 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 from either UK (via CCT), Australia, Canada or USA that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration. Or will have spent at least 33 months as a Consultant/ Specialist in a comparable country, prior to application.

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. 

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements. If you;re not sure if your experience is equivalent, please contact caroline@headmedical.com with a copy of your CV.

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 recommend starting this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. Candidates can log on to EPIC and complete this step online very easily. EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications. 

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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