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Fixed Term Contract for 6 to 12 months.

Ideal for a Sabbatical!

We’re seeking a Consultant Urologist to join 4 other Urologists based at Palmerston North Hospital, providing Urology Services to both the MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board regions.

  • Ideal sabbatical opportunity in a large, regional teaching hospital
  • Experience a Urology service in a comparable health system
  • Professionally and socially rewarding opportunity
  • Get involved with a Service going through exciting transformational change
  • Strategically located in central North Island, enabling easy access to…
  • Explore Wellington, Hawke’s Bay & Wairarapa wine regions, premier ski resorts, and the west coast beaches

The Urology service is housed in modern facilities and provides a range of surgery using some of the latest technology, such as digital flexible ureterorenoscopy and holmium/yag laser for stone treatment and prostate surgery. It also provides extensive urological investigations on an outpatient basis including urodynamics, scoping and ultrasound guided prostate biopsies. There is an extensive Uro-Oncological activity in conjunction with the Regional Cancer Treatment Service.

The service currently has four urologists and two registrar positions, one of which is a training post.

Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital and teaching institution, which serves an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of 168,000.

What’s on offer, full time for 12 months:

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 per annum, including Base, On Call allowances, CME allowance etc.
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 per annum, depending on level of experience
  • NZ$16,000 CME Allowance per annum + 10 days leave to attend conferences etc.
  • Dedicated non-clinical time and multidisciplinary teamworking
  • Relocation assistance available

The Location

Palmerston North (population: urban 80,000, regional 168,000) has a genuine, easygoing vibe. It has all the facilities that you would expect of a city, yet is still compact and easy to navigate. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, a local airport and a wealth of sporting activities and community festivals if you want to get involved. Living here is affordable, with high quality housing and a reputation for its excellent primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities, there is a lot to offer families of all ages. And the commute to work is circa 10-15 minutes from anywhere in the city.

If you prefer to live a semi-rural relaxed lifestyle, just a 15 minute drive away from Palmerston North is the town of Feilding, voted New Zealand’s most beautiful town 14 times, with its gorgeous gardens, Edwardian buildings and Farmers Markets at the weekend, it’s a great place for families with a real sense of community and hospitality.

Whether you decide to live in Palmerston North itself or Feilding, or any of the other little 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 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).

The local airport has daily commuter flights to Wellington and Auckland, making international flight connections very easy.

Find out more about Palmerston North and the Manawatu region here

Requirement for this role

Ideally you will hold FRACS (Urol) and full Vocational registration with Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCS (Urol) with CCT, or US Board certification in Urology, that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration. These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ and we can assist with the registration and work visa applications if you are successfully appointed.

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements, including primary source verification of your qualifications which was introduced by MCNZ 1st November 2017.


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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