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New Year, New Job, New Lifestyle… New Zealand 2021

We're seeking an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult, Community) for the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAID) in Invercargill in the stunning South Island.

  • Pack up the kids and head down South
  • Permanent or Fixed Term (12 months minimum)
  • Generalist role in the community
  • 0.8 to 1.0fte available
  • FRANZCP or equivalent qualifications, e.g. FRCPsych/ MRCPsych with CCT
  • Supportive multidisciplinary team, including experienced Registered Nurses
  • Explore Queenstown, Wanaka, Fiordland, Stewart Island and The Catlins
  • Enjoy ski-ing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseriding, golfing, snowboarding… and more!

Consultants in New Zealand are well-remunerated and enjoy good working conditions and an excellent work life balance. Invercargill is a great place to really appreciate the benefits of balancing work and family life.

So, if you’ve been thinking about making a lifestyle change and New Zealand has been on top of your bucket list, why not explore the benefits of living in the beautiful South Island, Invercargill-style?

The Role

Joining the community mental health team, you will have the opportunity to work with patients from the age of 16 and over, providing integrated care throughout their journey through the healthcare system.

This is a generalist role working within a multidisciplinary team, and you will see a wide range of presentations, providing clinics in the main base in Invercargill as well as in their rural clinics.

The team embraces the use of technology, and you will have the opportunity to use it regularly as they take advantage of videoconferencing in the clinical setting, allowing contact across the entire Southland district.  

For this role therefore, you will have broad specialist experience in General Adult psychiatry and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care.

In addition, you will also 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 contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on 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 Location

Invercargill is a lovely spot and is known as “The Friendly City” – and it really is, with its clean air and wide open spaces, a welcoming community and a modern hospital. If you are Consultant looking to start or continue your specialist career, Southland Hospital provides supportive colleagues and prospects for progression.

Invercargill has real character, with its wide roads and heritage buildings reflecting the history of the city. For a small city, there’s a lot going on. Locals love their down time and with short commutes to work and no traffic jams, life just feels more relaxed.

The local airport has daily flights to Christchurch and Wellington international airports, making international connections really easy.

Southland is a diverse geographic region comprising of wild, rugged coastlines, two national parks including the awe inspiring Fiordland which features a number of New Zealand's internationally renowned ' Great Walks', i.e Milford, Greenstone and Caples tracks. If you enjoy wildlife, visit the Catlins for the yellow-eyed penguins and rare Hector’s Dolphins. Stewart Island is a charter flight or a boat ride away and so tranquil and virtually untouched, it remains one of the few places in NZ where you can see Kiwi birds at night in their natural habitat…but only if you stay quiet, because they’re very shy.

Oreti Beach is a nice place to sit and watch the waves crash in or walk along its beautiful shores. If adventure is more your style, then it’s only a short distance to New Zealand’s international adventure playground in Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with premier ski resorts, bungy jumping, heli-skiing, mountain biking, paragliding, sky diving…

With its temperate oceanic climate, you do get a real sense of summer and winter, which means you can enjoy a range of pastimes on the water or on the slopes. In high summer they can experience 23 – 28c degree days. Just because you’re down south, it doesn’t mean it’s always cold!

Although if the cold is something you happily embrace, Invercargill is also a stop off point for international Antarctic expeditions and an easy drive to the snowy slopes. Southland Hospital also maintains staff holiday homes in Queenstown, Te Anau and Arrowtown, so you and the family can explore all these wonderful locations.

See more of Southland here: (3:22mins video clip)

Medical Registration Requirements

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

Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either UK (via FRCPsych/ MRCPsych and CCT), Australia (FRANZCP), Canada (FRCPSC), or the USA (American Board Certified) that will enable specialist registration with Medical Council of New Zealand via the Provisional Vocational (long term) pathway or Locum Tenens (short term, up to 12 months) pathway.

These are the two specialist pathways for Psychiatrists in NZ and we can assist with medical registration and facilitate the visa, if successfully appointed.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

From 1st November 2017, all 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.


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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