Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist - Small, busy service in a beautiful beachside setting - New Zealand

Head Medical
Gisborne (Region) (NZ)
Very competitive – contact Caroline for more information.
07 Aug 2018
04 Sep 2018
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Thinking about your next move? And a new job in early 2019?

We’re seeking a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to join the team in Gisborne, in the Tairawhiti region of the beautiful North Island. 

It’s not a large city (regionally 46,000 population, with approx. 30,000 living in the city itself), but it offers a fantastic lifestyle to people and families who love the outdoors and a relaxed living and pace of life.

  • Fresh professional challenge, commence in 2019
  • Ideally permanent but would also consider 12 months
  • Relaxed coastal living and a welcoming community
  • Interest in indigenous child & adolescent psychiatry ideal
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins, whales

The Role

This role provides a community based mental health service for children (tamariki), young people (rangatahi) and their families (whanau) and is a key appointment for the service.

You will be a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (holding either FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. MRCPsych and CCT or Board Certification) with experience working at Specialist/ Consultant level.

You will have broad experience and skills across Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, along with a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; as well as a commitment and willingness to be involved in service development and quality improvement projects. A subspecialty or special interest may be accommodated.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $280,000 pa, depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa (£82,700 - £120,300), depending on level of experience
  • Annual $16,000 Continuing Medical Education allowance & 10 days CME leave to attend conferences
  • Plus relocation assistance
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Modern and spacious hospital, with a supportive team

The Location

Gisborne features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce, award winning wines and cheeses. Local schools are excellent and real estate is affordably priced – there is something ideal to suit your needs from apartments, townhouses, something more rural (lifestyle block) or close to Wainui Beach. Gisborne generally enjoys warm summers (up to mid-30s) and mild winters and is considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand.

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 and hill walking etc. It’s also a popular holiday destination for other visiting Kiwis in the summertime, drawn to the hot summer weather, annual music festivals, vineyard tours and surfing competitions.

The local airport has daily connecting flights to both Auckland (1hr 5 min) and Wellington (1hr 10 min) International airports, meaning catching international flights in/out of NZ is really easy. Over the years, a number of international doctors and their families have successfully made their home here, relocating from the UK, Scandinavia, Europe and the USA.

Find out more about Gisborne and the Tairawhiti region here.

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 that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration. To be eligible for Locum Tenens, you must have completed your specialist psychiatrist training in Australia, UK, Canada or the USA. These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ and we can assist with the registration and work visa applications, if you are successfully appointed.

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements, including primary source verification of your qualifications which was introduced by MCNZ 1st November 2017.

To find out more, or to apply, contact Caroline O'Hagan on +64 225 214 705 or email