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We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult, GP Liaison) for a permanent position based in Whangarei in the stunning subtropical Northland region of NZ.

This appointment will play an integral role, strengthening and building on relationships with General Practitioners, creating a more integrated model of care in both inpatient and community settings.

The focus is on improved responsiveness to GPs and assisting them with advice on the ongoing care of their patients.

While this role sits within the Mental Health and Addiction Service and has a focus on Adult Acute Service and Primary Care Liaison specifically, it’s also indicative of a wider body of work being developed over the next 5 years, which sees the District Health Board (DHB) working in partnership with other health, social and community sectors to tackle issues such as an ageing population and increasing prevalence of long-term conditions. Together, the aim is to improve population health, improve the patient experience, and ensuring a financially sustainable health service for the Northland region. 

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate just 2 hours from Auckland
  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualification
  • Broad skills in general adult psychiatry
  • Strong interest in liaison work
  • Interest in teaching and coaching other health professionals
  • Develop sustainable solutions for mental healthcare across the region through partnership working
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools
  • Extreme sandboarding, world class scuba diving (PADI), sailing, paddleboarding, mountain biking, surfing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings – white sandy beaches, native forest & Gateway to the Bay of Islands

You will have broad specialist experience and skills across General Adult Psychiatry, and experience in liaison work, 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, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

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

Whangarei is called the “Meeting place of the Pacific” because of its many international yachting visitors and 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 connection with the culture 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, and is a popular holiday choice for both Kiwis and international visitors. As a result, the region has developed into a real melting pot of cultures, which provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.

Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves for world class scuba diving (PADI), sailing and fishing. You can also enjoy al fresco dining, extreme sand boarding, paddle boarding, mountain biking, golfing, hiking and mountain biking and so much more.

Whangarei has easy access transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, which is only a two hour drive away. There is also a busy domestic airport, with numerous daily flights to Auckland (35 minutes) that connect to Auckland International Airport.

Find out more about Whangarei and 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.

 

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