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New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2020

We’re seeking Emergency Medicine Specialists to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairāwhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island. There is a permanent position and a fixed term contract position (12 months). Both to commence in 2020.

If you’re thinking about your next career move, you won’t find a more unique location.  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.

  • Relaxed coastal lifestyle – pack up the paddleboard and bring the kids!
  • Permanent + Fixed Term Contract role (12 months)
  • 12 months fixed term contract
  • FACEM or equivalent specialist qualifications recognised for MCNZ Locum Tenens, e.g. FRCEM with CCT
  • ED sees 20,000 presentations per annum,
  • Varied caseload including urgent-care type patients, multi-traumas, paediatrics and a spectrum of geriatric illnesses
  • Excellent schools and affordable housing;
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins and orca.

The Emergency Department operates 24 hours, 7 days a week and with over 20,000 presentations through its doors annually our staff are exposed to a wide range of clinical situations – from urgent-care type patients to multi-traumas, paediatrics and a spectrum of geriatric illnesses.

Although this is a high paced and busy department, the team environment is supportive and work together to ensure that people of our region receive the best emergency care. There is no on call in the department. However, all EM Specialists are expected to work three to four night shifts per month (8 hour shifts) on the roster.

For this role, you will have recent broad specialist experience in Emergency Medicine and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; along with the ability to make informed decisions in a high risk and rural environment; to assess acute clinical situations and act decisively; and to work independently as an Emergency Medicine specialist in a provincial hospital.

In addition, you will also have proven leadership skills and experience working effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching; and of course, a commitment in 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 Hospital

This is a comprehensive, well-equipped secondary hospital with modern facilities, which also includes a small CCU/ ICU. 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.

Hauora Tairāwhiti (Gisborne 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 Tairāwhiti 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.

The Location

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 FACEM and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from Australia (FACEM), the UK (FRCEM via CCT) or the USA (ABEM) that will enable Locum Tenens (short term, up to 12 months) or Provisional Vocational registration (long term, supervision pathway) with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

These are the two specialist registration pathways for Emergency Medicine specialists in NZ. 

** 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


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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