About the Job

Head Medical are seeking post foundation trainees with an interest in Palliative Care for opportunities in  Whanganui, located on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.  Whanganui offers a relaxed lifestyle for all the family and an opportunity for a fresh, professional challenge and to make a real difference to the community.

  • Relaxed living 2.5 hrs drive north of Wellington, NZ’s capital city
  • Explore the stunning natural environment - Whanganui river, Castlecliff Beach, The ‘Mountains to Sea’ Cycle Trail is the most diverse in NZ…
  • Enjoy mountain biking, hiking, golfing, fishing, boating, kayaking, skiing, beach walks, kitesurfing … and more.
  • Mon-Fri, 8am to 4pm rostered shifts, with only occasional ‘on-call’ and after-hour work.
  • Join a supportive team

The Role

You will joining a specialist palliative care team consisting of Consultants , Specialty Doctors, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurses, Social work/Whānau support staff, Health care assistants, and Clinical support staff.  The team provides specialist palliative care for people with cancer and non-cancer life-limiting illnesses, at all stages of their illness. The team provide holistic and integrated service with most of the services provided in the community in patients homes and in partnership with families (whānau ).  The facility also have a small in-patient facility.

You will play an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team, and work alongside General practice teams, residential aged care facilities, hospital based teams and Māori health providers

The Location

Whanganui (population: urban 43,000, regional 62,000) has all the facilities that you would expect of a small city, it is also compact and easy to navigate. If you prefer to live a semi-rural relaxed lifestyle, it’s a great place for families with a real sense of community and hospitality with Farmers Markets, little cafes and restaurants, as well as plenty of sporting activities if you want to get involved.

You’re also within easy driving distance of premier ski resorts at Turoa and Whakapapa to the north west, the lush Hawke’s Bay wine region to the east, clean and quiet unspoilt beaches (Surf Highway 45, Castlecliff, Kai Iwi) up and down the West Coast, and of course, to the South is NZ’s capital city of Wellington (2.5 hour drive).

Living here is very affordable, with quality housing and a reputation for its excellent primary and secondary education facilities, there is a lot to offer families of all ages. And the commute to work is circa 5-10 minutes from anywhere in the city – it’s a nice way of life if you prefer not to be in a city and to be close to the ocean. 

There are daily flights from Whanganui to Auckland (1 hr) and Wellington, making international flight connections easy.

Find out more about the lifestyle here

What Head Medical can do for you

Arranging a position overseas is very exciting, but we understand that it can also be daunting and time consuming. We’re the UK’s specialist in international medical recruitment and we’ve helped many Doctors relocate since we first started out in 2008 (you can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page). We know it’s important to balance career opportunities with lifestyle and we’ll talk through your plans and will get to know you to make sure we find the right role in the right location.  Once we have secured a job for you, we’ll manage the Medical Registration and Visa application process, and support you (and your family) with the relocation itself.

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

sharon@headmedical.com / +44 (0) 131 240 5276

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