About the Job

Head Medical have a unique Paediatric Fellowship opportunity suited to Paediatric trainees  (ST4+) holding MRCPCH. You will be based at Whakatāne Hospital in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region.

  • Relaxed coastal community, with some of the best beaches in NZ on your doorstep!
  • Only 1 hr drive to Tauranga (NZ’s fastest growing city)
  • Beautiful natural surroundings – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins, and orcas
  • January 2024 commencement (12-month contract)

The Role

There are two hospitals in the region, Whakatāne hospital has 110 beds, and Tauranga Hospital with 359 beds. The Medical Service provides specialist services across the Bay of Plenty district, which incorporates two hospital sites in Tauranga and Whakatāne (1 hour drive down the coast), delivering general internal medicine inpatient and outpatient services, plus a range of sub-speciality services, to a population of approx.260,000. This role will be based at Whakatāne Hospital.

This is great opportunity allowing exposure to both peripheral and rural training.  The hospital has a strong record of research programmes focussing on epidemiology and community health and you will be actively encouraged to participate.   You will join a dynamic team consisting of 5 Consultant Paediatricians. The team cover acute paediatrics and level 2 neonates and acute care unit. There are also outreach clinics and MDT clinics where you enjoy collegial relationships with Tertiary centres and Visiting Specialists to the area. 

The Location

Whakatāne (town pop. 37,100, Eastern Bay of Plenty population 50,500) and the neighbouring township of Ōhope offer a warm, relaxed lifestyle with over 50 km of coastline to enjoy and explore.  And your friends and family will definitely want to come and visit.

Located just 1 hour’s drive from Tauranga City and 3.5 hours from Auckland, the region features some of the best beaches in NZ, such as Ōhope, Pukehina and Ōhiwa as well as Mount Maunganui and Papamoa further up the coast – the warm and sunny climate makes it ideal for those who love the great outdoors and the beach life.  Locals enjoy easy access to a fantastic untouched natural environment, which lends itself to such outdoor pastimes as surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, swimming, mountain biking, hill walking, golfing and more.

There is a domestic airport with daily flights to Auckland’s international airport, making connections to/from Whakatāne very easy (45 minutes).

Find out more about the Bay of Plenty and Whakatane 

What Head Medical can do for you

Arranging a position overseas is very exciting, but we understand that it can also be daunting and time consuming. We’re the UK’s specialist in international medical recruitment and we’ve helped many Doctors relocate since we first started out in 2008 (you can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page). We know it’s important to balance career opportunities with lifestyle and we’ll talk through your plans and will get to know you to make sure we find the right role in the right location.  Once we have secured a job for you, we’ll manage the Medical Registration and Visa application process, and support you (and your family) with the relocation itself.


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

sharon@headmedical.com / +44 (0) 131 240 5276

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