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Palliative Medicine Specialist 

Where you’ll be working: Hamilton

The details: Permanent Part-time, rostered

We are seeking an outstanding and experienced Palliative Medicine specialist to join our progressive team of five Senior Medical Officers.

The Palliative Care Program, currently accredited with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, encompasses two sites; Our main Hospital and the Hospice, providing specialist palliative care across the Waikato Region.

The facility is one of the largest Tertiary Care Hospitals in Australasia and the Palliative Care department reports within the Division of Oncology. A consult liaison service is provided by medical and nursing specialists to palliative oncology patients as well as patients under other speciality medical and surgical services. A small number of patients are admitted under the Palliative Care service from other DHBs as well as those with complex palliative care needs.

The Hospice is the main community palliative care provider to the region comprising a 10-bed inpatient unit on-site along with Rainbow Place, NZ’s only specialist Children’s Hospice facility. Hospice also provides an at home service, a rural outreach programme, plus outpatient clinics. Patients and family/whanau of Hospice have access to a full range of psychosocial and spiritual support through illness and bereavement.

The SMO will spend quality time on both sites. The program has a close relationship with the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical School and an Honorary appointment at an appropriate University level (Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor or Professor) can be arranged depending on the applicant’s experience and academic qualifications. There is a requirement for Vocational registration or the potential vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

The successful applicant will be employed as a Senior Medical Officer / Consultant with generous vacation and CME leave. Stipends are provided for conference leave as well as relocation expenses.

Why us:

The employer is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand.

We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. We run five hospitals across the district – a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

The hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. It is also is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

This position offers a lifestyle opportunity in the beautiful Waikato region, as well as an opportunity to contribute to the strategic development of services and quality improvement initiatives.

You can make a real difference in other peoples’ lives while making a positive change in your own.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online and attach an up to date copy of your CV. 

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

alasdairl@headmedical.com / 0131 357 1848

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