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Orthopaedic Surgeon (Generalist) - Permanent or 12 months Fixed Term - Gisborne - New Zealand

Consultant - Surgery - Orthopaedics
Ref: 5017 Date Posted: Thursday 19 Apr 2018
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Closing date set: Friday 27th April 2018 (NZ time)

  • Permanent position or
  • Fixed Term for 12 months
  • Commence ASAP
  • September 2018 at the earliest if an international orthopaedic surgeon
  • Must be eligible for Locum Tenens registration with MCNZ

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with generalist experience to join the Trauma and Orthopaedics team at Gisborne Hospital, located in the beautiful Tairawhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island.

Ideally they are looking to fill this on a permanent basis, however there is some added immediate urgency - as a fixed term role. Generally speaking, once a job offer has been accepted, realistically it takes approx 3-4 months to complete the Locum Tenens registration and visa paperwork. Potentially, this could mean as early as September 2018 as a start date.

Therefore, the fixed term opportunity may suit an orthopaedic surgeon who is looking for a sabbatical for 12 months and can be released from their current post quickly, or a surgeon who routinely undertakes long term locums, or perhaps a surgeon who is due to retire and is looking for one last adventure overseas...!

Gisborne is the major city within Tairawhiti and where this role will be based. It’s not a large city (regionally 46,000 population, with approx. 30,000 living in the city itself), but it offers a fantastic lifestyle to people and families who love the outdoors and a relaxed living and pace of life.

  • 12 months fixed term will be considered for those who can commence quickly
  • Also seeking to appoint to a permanent position 
  • Generalist experience is essential
  • FRACS required, or equivalent specialist qualification leading to Locum Tenens registration
  • You will be comfortable working effectively and efficiently in a small team in a consultant-led service
  • And you will have experience working in a multidisciplinary environment

In return, you will work in a lovely location, offering:

  • Coastal living and a welcoming community
  • A competitive remuneration package
  • Experience working in a comparable health system
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins, whales

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa, depending on level/years of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa (£82,700 - £120,000) depending on level/years of experience
  • Annual $16,000 Continuing Medical Education allowance & 10 days CME leave to attend conferences*
  • Plus relocation assistance
  • Tax is capped at 33% for personal earnings in NZ
  • No National Insurance contributions deducted (if enquiring from the UK)

The Location

Gisborne features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce, award winning wines and cheeses. 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 generally enjoys warm summers (up to mid-30s) and mild winters and is considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand.

Locals enjoy easy access to a fantastic untouched natural environment, which lends itself to such outdoor pastimes as surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, 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. 

Find out more about Gisborne and the Tairawhiti region here.

Over the years, many international doctors in different medical specialties have made their way to Gisborne for the lifestyle, particularly those from the UK and USA.

Requirement for this role

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

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, due to the fact that is a smaller team and there is some urgency to fill this vacancy, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications that will enable Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration, in the first instance.

Locum Tenens is the short term pathway for medical registration in NZ as a specialist surgeon. This pathway requires the following qualifications; Australia (FRACS); Canada (FRCSC); Ireland (FRCSI with CCST/ CCT, not CESR); UK (FRCS with CCST/CCT, not CESR); or US (Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery).

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.

Primary Source Verification using EPIC

All relevant qualifications must now be verified by ECFMG using the EPIC system on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  

We recommend starting this off during the recruitment process, so it is already underway early on especially if you hold qualifications from locations other than NZ, Australia, UK, USA or Canada. Candidates can log on to EPIC and complete this step online very easily. Starting this as early as possible will prevent delays if your University or Medical Specialist College do not respond quickly to verification requests from ECFMG via EPIC.

Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.

Please note, if appointed, any qualification NOT verified by the time your medical registration and work visa has been approved, may prevent you from being able to commence work in NZ on your agreed start date.


If this sounds like the perfect job you can apply using the blue button below. Or if you’d like to find out more about this job or have an informal chat, please get in touch with us:

Caroline O'Hagan

Associate Partner (NZ)

Tel: +64 225214705 LinkedIn