The Bay of Plenty District Health Board is one of New Zealand’s 21 health boards established in 2000 to fund and provide personal health services, public health services and disability support services throughout the region. With over 3000 staff, it provides fully comprehensive medical care free of charge to patients. Primary care, secondary hospital care and selected tertiary care services are delivered from two hospitals in Tauranga and Whakatane and a network of rural and community clinics. Auckland is the tertiary referral centre.
Working at the Bay of Plenty DHB
With a fast growing regional population, driven by some of the most robust economic growth in New Zealand, it is an exciting place to work. Health services are beng expanded and developed with increasing sophistication and technology. Innovative clinical and telemedicine services are being developed to enhance Maori and rural health outcomes. Hospitals and medical clinics are accredited for medical, nursing and allied health professional training and continuing education.
Tauranga Hospital has 350 beds and Whakatane Hospital has 125 beds. Both have 24/7 emergency departments and a full complement of medical, paediatric, psychiatric and surgical services with radiology and pathology support.
Salaries are paid in accordance with appropriate government pay scales and include pension benefits. Relocation expenses are paid for senior medical officers.
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The Bay of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty is a fantastic place to live and work. Located on the northern coast of the North Island of New Zealand, it is the sunniest part of the country and has some of New Zealanders’ favourite beaches, stunning coastlines, lush countryside with ancient forests to explore, breath-taking landscapes and rich Maori culture. It is just 200 km from Auckland, New Zealand’s commercial and cultural capital and largest city.
The Bay of Plenty region stretches 260 km along the coast from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east and incorporates several islands and the coastal mainland. The population is 310,000 and is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing regions due to economic development in its major coastal cities Tauranga and Whakatane.
Tauranga is a vibrant city and the surroundings are spectacular with beautiful beaches and countryside in close proximity. The Coromandel, East Cape and Auckland are all an easy drive away, as are the ski fields of the Central Plateau and Lake Taupō.
There is outstanding access to outdoor recreational opportunities and a wide-range of schooling options, both public and private, an Institute of Technology and a recent addition is the University of Waikato Campus. Lifestyle options are diverse, and you can live 20 minutes from the hospital on a lifestyle block, in the bush, on an estuary with a boat or kayak or at the beachside town of Mount Maunganui and Papamoa.
The main centre for the eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatāne is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand. Whakatāne is also known for its fishing, more yellowfin tuna are caught here than anywhere else in the country.
Other Whakatāne attractions include the museum(opens in new window), an observatory and Māori historical sites. The Ngā Tapuwae o Toi walkway leads to pā sites (old fortified villages), native forest and seabird colonies. Dolphin and Seal tours, which can include swimming encounters, start in November. There are guided Kayak tours on offer around Ohiwa Harbour and Whale Island.
Whakatane is also very close to Ōhope, a 10km white sandy beach, which has a small settlement and is perfect for camping, surfing, walking and relaxing in the sun.