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Nau mai, Haere mai. Come to the sunny Bay of Plenty!

New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand.

Just imagine combining  a fresh, professional challenge with the fabulous beach lifestyle in NZ for 12 months from December 2021 (negotiable)...

We’re seeking a General Physician for Tauranga in the stunning Bay of Plenty region – one of New Zealand’s most desirable lifestyle locations.

  • Arrive in time for the New Zealand summer - pack up the paddleboards and come on down!
  • 12 month fixed term contract, commencing December 2021
  • Subspeciality interests in any speciality are welcome
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualifications
  • Participate in the acute on call roster
  • Teaching hospital, very popular with junior doctors
  • Excellent schools and quality housing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, stunning sunrises, native forest & birds, dolphins and orcas

The Medical Service provides specialist services across the Bay of Plenty district, which incorporates two hospital sites in Tauranga and Whakatāne (1 hour drive down the coast), delivering general internal medicine inpatient and outpatient services, plus a range of subspeciality services, to a population of approx 260,000. 

This role will be based at Tauranga Hospital (359 bed, Level 2 Hospital) and will include elective work. There is also an opportunity to undertake planned care in your subspeciality interest at Whakatāne Hospital (110 bed, Level 2 Hospital) as well.

Tauranga Hospital runs a busy acute general medical service with support from resident specialists in Cardiology, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, Geriatrics, Oncology, Haematology and Renal services. You will join a department of 18 Physicians who share general medical responsibilities and will lead a team which includes a registrar and a house officer. The role includes participation in acute medical assessment, admission and on call roster. There are teaching opportunities across undergraduate (years 4-6) and postgraduate (basic and advanced trainees) medicine.

There is a focus on Māori health and a strong commitment to closing the gaps and reducing health inequalities by re-designing pathways with Māori (who make up 25.6% of the region’s population), to promote better access to healthcare services.

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in General Internal Medicine, and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care, combined with experience of working in a culturally diverse setting.

You will also have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to medical students, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment to ongoing quality improvement programmes.  You will enjoy working in a multicultural workforce, and being based in a friendly coastal community.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$180,000 - $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 Location

Tauranga is now the 5th largest city in New Zealand with an urban population of 151,300 (regionally 255,102) and is only a 2.5 hour drive south of Auckland. It has always been a premier destination, but with the strong NZ economy and a buoyant housing market, Tauranga is now the fastest growing city in New Zealand.

Tauranga, and in particular the suburb of Mount Maunganui, is well known for many things - the mountain (Mauao), the sunshine, the café and restaurant scene, the surfing, the white sandy beaches and natural salt water hotpools, the local markets with fresh produce, the safe and family-friendly lifestyle with excellent schools, and high-end real estate.

There is a domestic airport with regular daily flights to Auckland's International airport (35 minutes), making connections to/from Tauranga very easy.

Don’t just take our word for it, visit these links for more lifestyle information: Tauranga & the Bay of Plenty and Wish You Were Working Here

Medical Registration

Ideally, you will hold FRACP and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

If you are an overseas specialist physician, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia (FRACP), the UK (MRCP/FRCP and CCT), Ireland (FRCPI and CCT), Canada (FRCPC) or USA (American Board Certification) that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration.

Locum Tenens and Provisional Vocational registration are the two pathways to medical registration in NZ for Specialist Physicians and we can assist with your medical registration and visa, if successfully appointed.

Please note, a Doctor’s relevant qualifications must 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 you to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. You may 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.


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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