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Plastic Surgeon - Ideal 1 year sabbatical - Tertiary Teaching Hospital - New Zealand

Consultant - Surgery - Other
Ref: 3733 Date Posted: Monday 10 Apr 2017
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I am currently recruiting for an experienced Plastic Surgeon on a fixed term basis at Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand.

This is a full-time post covering parental leave. The parental leave is until the end of July 2018, and ideally, they will look for someone to start end of May 2017.

  • Due to the short-term nature of the role and the requirement to work as a specialist, this position requires you to be eligible to register via Locum Tenens with Medical Council of New Zealand, meaning you should hold FRACS (or equivalent, e.g. FRACS with CCT). In addition, you must be willing to commence in May and commit for the duration of the contract;
  • Modern facility with a strong emphasis on education and training
  • Competitive salary, reasonably priced housing and a variety of inexpensive leisure activities make living in this part of New Zealand a positive choice
  • Ideal sabbatical opportunity

Dunedin Hospital is a 350-bed teaching and training institution. It is closely associated with the Dunedin School of Medicine ( a branch of Otago School of Medicine). The Otago Medical School offers undergraduate training and all sub-specialities are represented in the Southern District Health Board. Dunedin offers the benefits of working in a tertiary referral centre.

The role

You would work in close and supportive association with two Plastic surgery colleagues. The Dunedin Plastic Surgery Service is only 10 years old and still evolving despite Dunedin being the birthplace of Gillies and McIndoe. The department provides a very generalist Plastic surgery service; good exposure to a great variety of plastic surgery including skin cancer treatment, breast reconstruction, elective hand surgery (acute hands are managed primarily by Orthopedics) and the opportunity to provide reconstructive collaboration with the Orthopedic, ENT & General Surgical Services. Some experience in management of burns and experience in microsurgery is essential. The service well supported by the other Plastic Surgery centres in NZ with regard to large burns, cleft lip & palate, craniofacial surgery and vascular anomaly surgery. The service works very closely together as a team to share the burden of complex problems.

The location

Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island and is one of four main urban centres of New Zealand. Known for it’s heritage and hospitality, Dunedin is an educated, enterprising, liberal, expressive and intriguing city with a real community spirit that embraces new ideas, new people, new enterprises and the more unique the better. With a proven record of educational and entrepreneurial excellence, it’s a city that fosters innovation and creativity, that revels in its underground arts, music and culture scene and flaunts its dramatic scenery.

There is plenty to enjoy in this city, from an excellent restaurant and café culture, a brilliant shopping and fashion industry, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, a brand new and extremely impressive stadium which was purpose built for the Rugby World Cup, surf beaches and more. Add to this the spectacular scenery and diversity of leisure time opportunities available in the region, including mountain biking, hiking, wine country and lakes, plus the close proximity to Queenstown and Wanaka for skiing and adventure pursuits and you’ll realise why the region’s population is growing as more and more people choose to make it their home. It’s about deciding whether you want the ten-minute drive, the 15-minute bike ride or the half hour walk to work. It’s about deciding what to do on the weekend – surf, drink coffee, shop or hike in the mountains just down the road. Dunedin is a safe environment and a treasure trove of family fun! Follow the link to find out more about living in Dunedin.

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.”

Consultants 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:

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

Incredible scenery and diverse wildlife – explore the great outdoors from beaches to mountains, see dolphins, whales and native birds

Living well and feeling healthy is embraced as a lifestyle for all the family

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Next Steps

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Laura Sanders

Recruitment Consultant

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