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Emergency Medicine Physician – Escape the dreary winter & come down to this stunning summer location - New Zealand

Consultant - Emergency Medicine
Ref: 4652 Date Posted: Wednesday 22 Nov 2017
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We are seeking a Consultant in Emergency Medicine for a 246-bed regional base hospital in Whangarei, in the stunning subtropical Northland region. 

This is the perfect time to discover all New Zealand has to offer and escape the northern hemisphere winter and enjoy the Kiwi Summer! 

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate just 2 hours from Auckland
  • Full time, permanent position, commence early 2018
  • ED sees 40,000 patients annually, of which 25% are paediatric
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools 
  • Gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands, world class diving and sailing, and other relaxing lifestyle options

Northland covers an area of 12,600 square kilometres with a population of approximately 170,000, 32% of whom identify as Maori. The ED provides emergency services for this entire area from four locations including Whangarei Hospital (base) and three small regional hospitals located in Kaitaia, Dargaville and the Bay of Islands. Over 140 consultants provide support in a wide range of specialties.

The department is currently led by 10 Senior Medical Officers, supported by registrars and senior house officers, is accredited with ACEM for 12 months Advanced Training and Paediatric Log Book Training, and has a successful training program for both Part 1 and Part 2 trainees.

Along with the rest of your senior colleagues, you will work four days or evenings weekly, which includes one in four weekends. 

Nights are covered on an on-call basis by the Senior Staff. 

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $320,000 pa, depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$155,040 - $219,000 pa
  • Includes NZ$16,000 CME Allowance pa + 10 days leave pa to attend conferences 
  • Dedicated non-clinical time and interdisciplinary teamworking
  • Relocation assistance available

The Region

Whangarei is called the “Meeting place of the Pacific” because of its many international yachting visitors and the Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate. Its rich in Maori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Maori settlement can be found here and newcomers will experience a real connection with the culture and way of life.

With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, it has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations, and is a popular holiday choice for both Kiwis and international visitors. As a result, the region has developed into a real melting pot of cultures, which provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.

You can enjoy al fresco dining, world class scuba diving, fishing, sailing, golfing, surfing, swimming with dolphins and so much more. Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves.

Whangarei has a busy domestic airport, as well as easy access transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city which is only a two hour drive away

Find out more about Whangarei and the Northland region


Given the permanent nature of this role, you should be eligible for provisional vocational registration with Medical Council of New Zealand (or already hold vocational registration with MCNZ). This is the specialist pathway for registration and we can assist with paperwork if you are successfully appointed. You can check the MCNZ website here to self-assess your eligibility for this pathway.

Alternatively, eligibility for Locum Tenens registration with Medical Council of New Zealand will also be viewed favourably. Locum Tenens is a short term specialist registration, valid for up to 12 months only, which takes only 30 days to process once submitted. 

Contact Caroline O’Hagan for more details or to have a confidential chat.

Please note, Caroline is now based in Wellington, New Zealand.


If this sounds like the perfect job you can apply using the blue button below. Or if you’d like to find out more about this job or have an informal chat, please get in touch with us:

Caroline O'Hagan

Associate Partner (NZ)

Tel: +64 225214705 LinkedIn