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We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult) for a permanent position in the stunning subtropical Bay of Islands, New Zealand. 

This position is part of Northland's wider Mental Health Services, which cover the whole of the North from around Wellsford to North Cape.

This is a key appointment for the region and will involve conducting community clinics covering the Mid North, Bay of Islands and Hokianga areas, as well as providing clinical input into the Sub-Acute Unit.

You will be primarily based in Kerikeri.

Inpatient services are available from the larger service in Whangarei, and peer support from colleagues in Whangarei, Kaikohe, Kerikeri and Kaitaia. This is an opportunity to provide leadership to a multidisciplinary team, with support for your professional development, and make a genuine difference to the communities across the region.

Living this far north, you’ll be someone who appreciates a rural or beach lifestyle and working in small communities.

Venturing further past the main city of Whangarei, you’ll be based up in the unspoiled “Mid North”, home to small townships such as those mentioned above. Explore the nearby surrounding areas at the weekends; Waitangi, Paihia and Opua, or catch the ferry over to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Visit the magnificent and unspoiled Hokianga Harbour, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views and feel the deep spirituality and rich cultural history of the local Iwi.  

Explore the ancient Kauri forest and meet the majestic Tane Mahuta, cycle the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, or paddle a 40ft traditional war canoe (Waka Taua) – all experiences you will only ever find in New Zealand!

  • Relaxed lifestyle in the stunning, subtropical Bay of Islands
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualification
  • Experience working in a rural community setting
  • 1 hour from Whangarei and 3 hours from Auckland
  • Extreme sandboarding, world class scuba diving (PADI), sailing, paddleboarding, mountain biking, surfing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins, whales and orca

You will have broad clinical experience and skills across General Adult Psychiatry along with a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; 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, be involved in ongoing quality improvement programmes.

Whilst not essential, experience working in a specific culturally focused service would also be advantageous, as would knowledge of Tikanga Maori (Maori culture) and Te Reo (Maori language). Northland’s population is approximately 160,000, with 32% identifying as Maori.

You will have an open mind, a flexible approach and a willingness to learn and to take on new ideas and professional experiences. In return, your experience working with the local community will be rewarding both professionally and socially, your openness will be encouraged and supported.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $300,000 pa, depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa (£82,700 - £120,000) depending on level of experience
  • Annual $16,000 Continuing Medical Education allowance & 10 days CME leave to attend conferences
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Region

The Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate. Its rich in Maori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Maori settlement can be found here and newcomers will experience a real – and unique - connection with Tikanga Maori and way of life. With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, it has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations.

The Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves are known for world class scuba diving and sailing. 

Whangarei is 1 hour drive away with a domestic airport which connects to Auckland International Airport (daily regular 35 minute flights to Auckland).

Find out more about the Northland region

Requirement for this role

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

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either UK (via CCT), Australia, Canada or USA that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration. These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for Psychiatrists and we can assist with medical registration and work visa applications if you are successfully appointed.

A further registration pathway may be applicable if you are an overseas trained Psychiatrist with at least 33 months (out of the last 48 months) specialist/ consultant level experience from a country considered to have a comparable health system by the MCNZ. 

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements.

Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

From 1st November 2017, all relevant qualifications must now 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 recommend starting this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ. Candidates can log on to EPIC and complete this step online very easily. EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications. 

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


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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