Geriatricians - Clinical Director & Consultant (2 roles) - Sunshine & Beaches in Stunning Northland

Head Medical
New Zealand (NZ)
Very competitive
07 Dec 2018
04 Jan 2019
Geriatric medicine
Career Level
Consultant, Director
Contract Type
Full Time

New Year, New Job, New Lifestyle.

We are recruiting to two newly created positions in beautiful subtropical Northland. 

  1. Clinical Director & Consultant Physician for Older People (1.0fte), and
  2. Consultant Physician for Older People (1.0fte)

Both roles will be based in Whangarei Hospital, a 250-bed district general hospital with all major specialties and the main base hospital for the region.

  • Relaxed lifestyle for all the family just 2 hours north of Auckland
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualification, e.g. FRCP
  • Affordable housing, excellent schools and an easy commute
  • Sailing, world class scuba diving (PADI), paddleboarding, mountain biking, surfing
  • Beautiful natural surroundings – white sandy beaches, native forest & Gateway to the Bay of Islands

You will be part of a team of 5 consultant physicians for older people who work alongside a growing Psychiatry for Older People Service and an Acute Stroke Service. This service provides for the rapidly growing older population of Northland which includes over 30,000 people aged 65 years or over. 

As a team, they have a strong focus on patient/family centred care and integration with hospital and community based services. Together, they are implementing a range of new initiatives in collaboration with local primary care partners to enable older people to live well with frailty.

There is a 24-bed Assessment and Rehabilitation ward at Whangarei Hospital which includes a 6-8 bed Acute Stroke Unit.  There are associated community rehabilitation teams, a region-wide needs assessment service and gerontology nurse specialist programmes.  They provide visiting outpatient clinics to five sites across Northland and residential care and home visiting services. 


For these roles, you will have broad specialist experience in the health of older people/ care of the elderly. In addition, you will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care and will be an innovative thinker with ideas to contribute to the further development of the service.

You will also have 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.

The Clinical Director role will provide strategic leadership and lead the collaborative and integrated model of care for the service.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$190,000 - $300,000 pa depending on experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$161,304 - $240,000 pa depending on experience
  • Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 per annum
  • 10 days CME leave per annum (for courses and conferences etc)
  • Relocation assistance

The Region

A small city, Whangarei is called the “Meeting place of the Pacific” because of its many international yachting visitors as the Northland region boasts some of the most scenic coastal areas of NZ. With a regional population of approx 164,000, it spans from just north of Auckland right up to the top in Cape Reinga.

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 New Zealanders and international visitors.

It’s a region rich in Māori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Māori settlement can be found here. Today, 35% of the Northland population identify as Māori, so newcomers will experience a real connection with the culture and way of life here, which provides valuable exposure and rewarding experiences both professionally and socially. 

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

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

Medical Registration

Ideally you will hold FRACP 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 the UK (via CCT), Ireland (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 Physicians 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 Physician 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. English language requirements may be applicable.

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.