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New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2021.

We’re seeking a Consultant Otorhinolargyngologist Surgeon to join the team in Tauranga in the stunning Western Bay of Plenty region – one of New Zealand’s most desirable lifestyle locations. This role also includes a weekly commitment to Whakatane Hospital in the Eastern Bay of Plenty (1 hr drive down the coast).

Why not combine a fresh, professional challenge with the fabulous beach lifestyle in Tauranga, the fastest growing city in NZ, just 2.5 hours drive south of Auckland on the East Coast of the North Island.

  • Pack the kids and come on down – enjoy life on the beach!
  • Permanent role, commencing 2021
  • Serving a population of over 230,000 people
  • A generalist role, ideally with a passion for paediatric care
  • FRACS or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCS with CCST
  • Participate in the after-hours roster
  • Excellent schools and affordable housing
  • Enjoy paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, cycling, jetskiing, golfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing.... and more
  • See diverse marine life; dolphins, whales and orca

For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in Otorhinolargyngology, with ideally a passion for paediatric care. You will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care and experience of working in a culturally diverse setting.

In addition, you will have experience of taking an innovative approach to the development of services, through an integrated service model of care. You will 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.

There are opportunities to be involved in teaching and medical education, and  the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Clinical School also provides clinical research opportunities.

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 130,000 (regionally 230,000) 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.

For more details on the fabulous lifestyle for all the family, please visit Tauranga & the Bay of Plenty

Medical Registration

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

If you are an overseas specialist surgeon, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia (FRACS), the UK (FRCS via CCT), Ireland (FRCSI via CCST), Canada (FRCPSC) or USA (American Board Certification) that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term) registration.

These are the two specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for surgeons and we can assist with medical registration and facilitate the work visa, if successfully appointed.

Your qualifications, training and experience will be compared to that of the NZ specialist training programme and therefore your CV should reflect these details.  Please click the link to see view the NZ standard for Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery . If successfully appointed - as part of the medical registration process - you will be required to provide a copy of your surgical logbook which must include from the time of your postgraduate training to the current day.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

From 1st November 2017, all 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 doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Candidates are invited 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.


*Photo credit: Mount Maunganui Main Beach, taken by Caroline O'Hagan


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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