Medical Director

Otago (NZ)
15 May 2018
19 Jun 2018
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Medical Director for the Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate
Dunedin or Southland, New Zealand
Permanent, full-time 1 FTE

This exciting and challenging position will give you the opportunity to mix your clinical expertise in a role that is part strategic and part clinical. This is a whole of Mental Health and Addiction system and whole of district role in the southernmost part of New Zealand. The Medical Director component of your role will be 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week) in which you will champion and support the delivery of high quality Mental Health and Addiction services, by providing clinical leadership and organisational support. There is some flexibility to the remaining 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week) clinical component of the role, we can welcome a clinician with experience in community and/or inpatient mental health, allowing you to hold a case load of patients in your area of specialty. 

You will contribute to the overall planning, coordination and management of the Southern Health System – with a focus on safe, effective, efficient and equitable care that is a good experience for patients, families and health workers. You’ll participate in the management of clinical resources and develop clinical services across the health system, provide support to foster the growth and development of the medical workforce and review the professional performance of the teams. 

Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills will enable you to relate to a wide range of people and promote the philosophy of the Southern Health System Vision and Values, and you will foster an environment where the people within our health system work in partnership to promote an optimum experience for patients, families and health workers. It is important you are confident and capable in providing professional advice to team members and working with the professional leaders to ensure a skilled and credentialed workforce. 

It is essential that you currently hold, or will be able to gain vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand and a current practicing certificate. It is also essential that you have at least ten years recent experience in Psychiatry and are a proven leader with extensive knowledge of clinical quality and best practice, and their applications within the health sector.

Living in southern New Zealand you will truly understand the meaning of work/life balance. The surrounding districts include Otago, Southland, Fiordland and Central Otago - these beautiful places are easily accessible from either Dunedin or Invercargill. The lifestyle here offers a range of outdoor recreation opportunities and cultural activities that offer something for everyone. This role can be undertaken from either the Dunedin or Southland site.

If you’re considering a move down South, feel free to contact us to talk about the job and life at Southern DHB.

Candidates who are not currently registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) should be aware that it is a requirement of the MCNZ that your qualifications are approved through EPIC. If you have a commitment to working in New Zealand it is highly recommended that you start this process as soon as possible, so as to allow your subsequent registration to be undertaken in a timely fashion.

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Closing date: Tuesday, 19 June 2019.

Candidates please note that screening of applications will be ongoing throughout this advertising period, and our advertising will be removed from the Southern DHB website in the event of the role being filled.

For further information please contact Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers, phone +64 3 470 9604 or email: 

To Apply: 

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