Emergency Medicine Consultant University City North Island

  • Location

    Palmerston North

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    Physician, Emergency Physician

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  • Salary:

    $190,000 - 270,000

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  • Published:

    9 months ago

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Role: Consultant Emergency Physician

Start: ASAP

Contract: Permanent / Full time

Role Details

You will be joining a dedicated team of 14 Emergency Physicians from New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, and South Africa, as well as 3 clinical nurse specialists and 2 nurse practitioners.

The team is responsible for supervising 18 resident medical officers (a mix of registrars and senior house officers) as well as 6th year medical students from the University of Otago.

The emergency department is accredited for 1 year advanced training by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and has a highly successful teaching program for both Part I and Part II ACEM examinations. Each week there is protected teaching time, including time in the simulation centre, for registrars, house officers, and students.

The ED sees approximately 48,000 presentations per annum, with an admission rate of around 30%. Paediatric presentations comprise about 25% of total patient volume.

It is an Australasian Level 4 ED and regional trauma centre, and sees a higher than average trauma workload due to agricultural injuries from the many farms in the area as well as road accidents from the several state highways transecting the region.

There is a trauma team that operates 24/7 and, works closely with the surgical, critical care, and anaesthetic colleagues

Trauma and disaster protocols have been recently updated and refined.

There is access to all acute services on-site with the exception of neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and plastic surgery; patients requiring these services are transferred to Wellington Hospital or Hutt Hospital.

The role is based in a 350 bed secondary hospital on the lower North Island, servicing a total catchment population of approximately 200,000 people, of which approximately 90,000 live in the city.

It serves a geographically large area that includes isolated rural townships in the Manawatu, Tararua, and Horowhenua regions, as well as the New Zealand Defence Force facilities Linton Military Camp and Ohakea Airforce Base.

The catchment area has a higher than average population of Māori and Pacific people, and we are committed to achieving equity in health care for them.

A major university city in the North island of New Zealand, Palmerston North is the home of Massey University and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures. Wellington the capital city, is only a two hour journey by road, as are the wine growing regions of Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa.

Situated in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand, the local region offers visitors and residents a unique mix of lifestyle by combining rural charm with the convenience of sophisticated living with all modern services and luxuries expected of vibrant cities, including a shopping plaza, a Globe theatrical centre, the Regent and Centre Point theatres, and dozens of hotels/motels.

There are excellent primary, intermediate and secondary schooling, both public and private, mixed and single sex. Cost of living is reasonable, housing very affordable, and rural living with stunning views only minutes from town is very achievable


Essential Criteria

  • Eligibility for vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • FACEM or equivalent board certification (American board emergency medicine, FRCPC, FRCEM/ CCT)
  • Excellent communication and time management skills

If you are interested in this position, please forward your CV for immediate consideration.

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