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  • Northern Forensic Pathology Service of New Zealand
  • Permanent full time role (40 hours/week) and on-call
  • Based at Auckland 

The Opportunity

Applications are welcome from qualified forensic pathologists to join the Dept. of Forensic Pathology, Auckland, which forms part of the Northern Forensic Pathology Service of New Zealand. The department is based in a comprehensive tertiary laboratory. 

This is a full-time position working alongside four other forensic pathologists and two registrars. The department has NAME and ISO 15189 accreditation, and conducts accredited subspecialty training in forensic pathology. It also participates in the teaching and training of anatomical pathology registrars, as well as medical students from the adjacent University of Auckland School of Medicine, and other allied professional groups. Research opportunities exist within the department and in collaboration with the medical school.

The department has a dedicated in-house CT scanner which is supported by experienced radiologists. Access to on-site cardiac genetic testing is available through our close relationship with the Cardiac Inherited Disease service. 

A full-time workload is defined as 250 post-mortem examinations (full and external) per annum which allows time for non-clinical activities. Annual service case load is approx. 1,000 post-mortem examinations. On-call commitment is 1:4. Scene visits are an expected part of the role.

Salary depending upon experience, and excluding additional benefits such as continuing medical education. Paid annual leave of 6 weeks per annum. Relocation assistance is also available.

Starting date is negotiable.

Enquiries regarding a fixed term minimum 1 year position are also warmly welcomed.

Important Skills

Applicants must have a primary medical qualification recognised by the New Zealand Medical Council and a postgraduate qualification such as FRCPA or international equivalent, which allows vocational registration as a pathologist. Applications from recently qualified forensic pathologists are welcome.

The successful applicant will have sound knowledge and skills, excellent communication skills, are able to work effectively as a member of team, adhere to the values of the organisation, and be respectful of others. 

Our Organisation

New Zealand operates under a British style coronial system which is governed by the Coroner’s Act 2006. The Northern Forensic Pathology Service, with six forensic pathologists, is responsible for all coronial and forensic pathology services within the greater Auckland and Manawatu regions, and the forensic pathology service for the upper part of the North lsland.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori & Pacific communities. Our organisation values diversity, inclusivity and empathy. 

Why you will enjoy working here 

Auckland is New  Zealand’s largest city with a population of 1.5 million and in 2021 was named the world’s most liveable city. It is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with excellent opportunities to pursue outdoor interests and a rewarding lifestyle. A beautiful harbour and beaches allow a wide range of water sports and other activities.

Auckland is one of the leading healthcare providers in New Zealand offering a wide range of tertiary and quaternary clinical services to a large and diverse population. We have state of the art facilities and provide our services from three hospitals.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online and attach an up to date copy of your CV for consideration.

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

alasdairl@headmedical.com / 0131 357 1848

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