New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2021.
If you’re thinking about your next career move, you won’t find a more unique location.
We’re seeking a Consultant Radiologist to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairawhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island.
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 and make a real difference in your local community.
It’s an exciting time to join the small team, following the announcement that a state-of-the-art medical imaging research centre is to be based at the hospital. The Matai Medical Research Institute centre will focus on mild traumatic brain injury and heart disease that has the potential to make Gisborne a world-leading centre in MRI.
- Coastal community living – pack up the paddleboard and bring the kids
- Permanent or Fixed Term (12 months minimum), commence 2021
- FRANZCR or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCR with CCT
- Participate in the 1:4 on call
- Help develop new imaging services
- Modern department, varied casework, interesting range of pathology
- Welcoming multicultural team, many who have relocated themselves
- Excellent schools and affordable housing
- Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest, birds and dolphins.
The Department is hospital-based and provides a mix of inpatient, emergency and outpatient imaging for a community of approximately 47,000 people. Time is split with 70% clinical responsibilities and 30% non-clinical. It is expected that you will also participate in the on-call roster which is currently an 'at home call' one in four nights.
Day to day responsibilities include interpreting exams, triaging and protocoling imaging requests, consulting with referring clinicians, and supporting the radiology technology staff. Light intervention and mammography are optional.
There are opportunities to teach local medical and surgical house officers as well as radiology registrars within the Midlands Region. The department offers a wide range of state of the art imaging including Coronary CTA, CT colonography, Cardiac and Body MRI (including liver, renal, prostate, ano-rectal, and pelvic MRI), MRI arthrography, CTA (neurovascular, cardiothoracic, and peripheral), vascular US, obstetrical US, dual energy CT, and light interventional work (US and CT guided joint and spine injections, image guided biopsies, and percutaneous drainages).
Unlike some other District Health Boards (DHBs) in NZ, they also perform MSK MRI for ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation – see here for more details) and are one of the few smaller district health boards to have an onsite MRI scanner. The radiology department uses Philips RIS/PACS which is integrated with the other DHBs in the Midlands region (central North Island).
Equipment includes Siemens Flash CT, Phillips Ingenia 1.5T MRI, Philips EPIQ 7G Ultrasound, Digital General X-ray (DR), and Digital Mammography.
For this role, you will be experienced in a general scope of specialist radiology skills, comfortable working in a range of modalities (including ultrasound, MRI and CT).
In addition, you will have 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 of course, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes and developing further radiology services.
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
This 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 Tairawhiti (Gisborne Hospital) 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.
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.
Requirements for this role
Ideally, you will hold FRANZCR 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 the UK (via CCT), Australia (FRANZCR), Canada (FRCPSC)(DR), South Africa (FC Rad Diag(SA)) or the USA (American Board Certified) that will enable specialist registration with Medical Council of New Zealand via the Provisional Vocational registration (long term) pathway or Locum Tenens (short term, up to 12 months) registration pathway.
These are the two specialist pathways for Radiologists 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 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 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