Head Medical have opportunities within Emergency Medicine suited to post Foundation doctors. Working in New Zealand offers an opportunity to gain exposure within a different healthcare system whilst broadening your clinical experience.
Palmerston North is a vibrant and youthful city, set at the foot of the Tararua mountain range. It has all the facilities that you would expect of a city, yet is still compact, accessible and easy to navigate.
- December 2023 start dates (12 month contracts)
- Enjoy cycling and mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, golfing and more!
- An ideal central location to explore the rest of the North Island, including; beaches in Foxton and Himatangi; fabulous Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa vineyards; premier ski resorts and gorgeous lakes in Taupo and Rotorua.
- Ideal family living just 2 hrs from Wellington
Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital on the lower North Island, servicing a total catchment population of approximately 200,000 people, of which approximately 90,000 live in the city. The department is a modern facility with close access to ICU, radiology, and operating theatres. All acute services are provided on site with the exclusion of neurosurgery, cardio-thoracic and plastic surgery. Patients requiring these services are transferred to Wellington.
The Emergency Department ED sees approximately 48,000 adult and paediatric presentations per annum, with an average admission rate of 30%. The region is diverse with a higher-than-average trauma workload due to agricultural injuries as well as road accidents. There is an established trauma team who work closely with anaesthetics and surgery
Palmerston North (population: urban 80,000, regional 168,000) is recognised by the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network as an international safe community.
The Manawatu region attracts people from far and wide. There is a lot to offer families of all ages. Living here is affordable, with high quality housing and the primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities have an excellent reputation. Massey University attracts international students with its variety of programmes in business, technology, sciences (including the only Vet school in NZ), agriculture and horticulture.
The Newcomers Network welcomes and embraces new arrivals and cultures to the city, connecting you to others who have already made the move. It’s also home to the military community as both the Army and Air Force have bases here. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, and a wealth of sporting activities and community festivals, if you want to get involved. The commute to work is only 10-15 minutes from anywhere in the city.
If you prefer to live in a smaller township, just a 15 minute drive away from Palmerston North is Feilding, voted New Zealand’s most beautiful town 16 times, with its gorgeous gardens, Edwardian buildings, quiet neighbourhoods, and Farmers Markets at the weekends, it’s a great place to be based with a real sense of community.
Whether you decide to live in Palmerston North itself or Feilding, or any of the other small towns in the Manawatu region, the location in the middle of the North Island means you will be within easy driving distance of premier ski resorts at Turangi, Turoa and Whakapapa to the north, the lush Hawke’s Bay wine region to the east, clean and quiet unspoilt beaches (Himatangi, Foxton, Otaki) along the West Coast, and of course, to the South is NZ’s capital city of Wellington (2 hour drive).
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