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New Year. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2017

We have two unique and exciting opportunity in the picturesque West Coast Region on the South Island of New Zealand for a General Practitioner who also has a specialist interest in Emergency Medicine/Remote & Rural Medicine.

The West Coast is a region on the South Island that stretches over 600km. Although it is one of the more remote & less populated areas of the country, what it lacks in populations, it more than compensates for in offering the very best of what the great outdoors has to offer. The region has been included in the “Top 10 Coastal Drives of the World” by Lonely Planet & plays host to very scenic mountainous landscape, wild coastlines and a very high proportion of native temperate rain forest.  

  • Minimum 12 month commitment
  • One start date in September 2017 & the other in December 2017 
  • Experience & Specialist Interest in Remote & Rural Medicine 
  • Competitive sessional rate with fully furnished accommodation
  • Return domestic travel covered as well as access to a Practice vehicle.

Greymouth is the largest town on the South Islands West Coast. The region comes with the unique opportunity to work in rural practices which gives you more variety and exposure to primary and secondary care than that of urban practices. With the national parks, coastline, rivers, lakes, mountains and glaciers as your backyard, you'll struggle to find a place that offers more scenic beauty and outdoor activities.The area has a history of gold mining which can be appreciated at the local museums and the local brewery is something of a New Zealand legend which can also be appreciated on a tour which includes a tasting session.

The TranzAlpine passenger train which is names as one of the top six train journies in the world terminates in Greymouth.  It is often regarded to be one of the world’s greatest train journeys for the scenery through which it passes. The service runs daily between Christchurch and Greymouth & travels through the Canterbury plains, past the Waimakariri River then passing through the Southern Alps to where it terminates in Greymouth. Whether you are interested in hiking, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, caving, sailing, surfing or just being up close with nature, the West Coast has it all.  

Why NZ?

New Zealand is becoming more and more a location of choice for those who previously considered Australia as the most desirable location down under. Its rapid growth compared to other developed countries has recently been referred to as a “rock star economy” and it was voted the best place in world to raise a family by the 2014 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, with the report describing it as “an ideal destination to raise active, outdoorsy and healthy children.”

Medical professionals are well-remunerated and enjoy good working conditions and an excellent work life balance in New Zealand.

There’s never been a better time to look more closely at what NZ has to offer:

  • Incredible scenery and diverse wildlife – explore the great outdoors 
  • Living well and feeling healthy is embraced as a lifestyle for all the family
  • No geographical restrictions – opportunities in major cities, towns, coastal, and rural locations
  • Great transport links, most locations fly to International Airports making flight connections to/from NZ easy
  • Excellent educational system, with private and public schools as well as a number of tertiary institutions
  • Strong real estate market and affordable housing to suit your style – apartment, townhouse, or lifestyle block

We are Licenced New Zealand Immigration Advisors and provide support & advice

Next Steps

We have assisted many Doctors in making the move to New Zealand and we’d be delighted to discuss the options with you in strictest confidence. You can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page

We also offer a referral reward if you refer a friend and we place them! Click here for details

Get in touch with debbiek@headmedical.com
Read our Guide to Living and Working in New Zealand to learn more about the lifestyle
Learn more about the English Language requirements and if they are applicable to you
Check your eligibility for Medical Registration with Medical Council of New Zealand or ask us for advice


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

debbiek@headmedical.com / +44 (0)131 240 5279

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