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Interested in a leadership role and better work/life balance? 

We are seeking a Director of Emergency Medicine for a regional hospital in Whanganui in the North Island of New Zealand. This is a role that encompasses clinical leadership, operational management, strategic focus, as well as a clinical component, so it's a great opportunity for the right person to take the reins and make their mark.

Bring the kids and experience the famous kiwi lifestyle.

  • Full-time, permanent position 
  • FACEM or equivalent specialist qualification (e.g. FCEM, ABEM)
  • District general hospital with a 62,000 catchment population
  • ED has 20,000 presentations per annum, 30% admission rate
  • Remuneration package from NZ$180,000 to NZ$300,000 per annum, dep on exp
  • Includes Base Salary ranging from NZ$158,141 to NZ$230,000 per annum, dep on exp
  • Plus relocation assistance
  • Enjoy dedicated non-clinical time
  • Buoyant real estate market with affordable housing to suit your style 
  • Located next to the ocean, on a river, and within easy driving distance of National Parks and Wellington City

The Role and Department

This role also includes a consultant physician component with rostered and rotating shifts and dedicated non-clinical time. In addition to your specialist skills in Emergency Medicine, for this role you will ideally have experience working in a similar role, with the ability to draw upon your previous experience and lead your team effectively.

The ED has approx. 20,000 presentations per annum (including paediatrics) and an admission rate of around 30% due to a co-located acute care facility. The ED is well-equipped, with a 5-bed short stay ward and they perform a range of ED-based procedures including manipulations and cardioversions under sedation. 

The Hospital has a wide range of services with general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, O&G, ENT, ophthalmology, dental and psychiatry included. The Critical Care Unit caters for the majority of their intubated patients, with further support and other specialties provided by Palmerston North Hospital and tertiary care at Wellington Hospital.

The Location

Whanganui (population: urban 42,000, regional 62,000) has all the facilities that you would expect of a small city, it is also compact and easy to navigate. If you prefer to live a semi-rural relaxed lifestyle, it’s a great place for families with a real sense of community and hospitality with Farmers Markets, little cafes and restaurants, as well as plenty of sporting activities if you want to get involved.

You’re also within easy driving distance of premier ski resorts at Turoa and Whakapapa to the north west, the lush Hawke’s Bay wine region to the east, clean and quiet unspoilt beaches (Surf Highway 45, Castlecliff, Kai Iwi) up and down the West Coast, and of course, to the South is NZ’s capital city of Wellington (2.5 hour drive).

Living here is very affordable, with quality housing and a reputation for its excellent primary and secondary education facilities, there is a lot to offer families of all ages. And the commute to work is circa 5-10 minutes from anywhere in the city – it’s a nice way of life if you prefer not to be in a city and to be close to the ocean. 

There are daily flights from Whanganui to Auckland, making international flight connections easy.

Find out more about Whanganui region here


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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