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Psychiatrist - Addictions, Palmerston North - New Zealand

Consultant - Psychiatry
Ref: 2913 Date Posted: Wednesday 04 Jan 2017

We are looking for an Addiction Psychiatrist (0.5 addictions, 0.5 general adult psychiatry) or a full-time General Adult Psychiatrist with some experience in AOD to join a major university hospital. The new psychiatrist would be expected to look after clients with general AOD problems like misuse of alcohol, benzodiazepines, methamphetamine, cannabis, etc, and to provide general adult psychiatry cover for clients under care of the service.


The Mental Health and Addiction Service at MidCentral District Health Board has embarked on a significant redevelopment programme in the past 18 months, with a new Clinical Director, and Multidisciplinary Executive Team, as well as practicing psychiatrists.

The Location

Palmerston North is a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields and river adventures. Only 90 minutes scenic drive from Wellington or 2 hours from Taupo makes Palmerston North a great base to explore the North Island from. Expect to spend a lot of time outside, because the area’s geography has inspired an exciting choice of mild, medium and wild adventures. Rafting, kayaking, horse trekking, mountain biking and rock climbing are just some of the things you can do.

Palmerston North, which is New Zealand’s 5th largest city,  is home to a thriving musical scene with many national and international acts touring through the town; as well as there being many local acts performing regularly. There are also theatres and a thriving wine industry. Whatever the occasion or mood, there is a café, bar or restaurant to cater to your tastes; from a shot of espresso to a meal that combines the best of local produce, and everything in between!

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

We are Licenced New Zealand Immigration Advisors and provide support & advice

Next Steps

We have assisted many Doctors in making the move to New Zealand and we’d be delighted to discuss the options with you in strictest confidence. You can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page

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Laura Sanders

Recruitment Consultant

Tel: 0131 240 5265 LinkedIn