A full-time fixed term contract for an emergency physician is available from ASAP for one year for physicians holding FACEM and registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand or AHPRA (Australia). You will be joining a strong team of 14 Emergency Physicians from New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, and South Africa, as well as 3 clinical nurse specialists and 1 nurse practitioner. This 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 department is accredited for 1 year advanced training by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and has a highly successful teaching programme 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 Emergency Department sees approximately 48,000 adult and paediatric presentations per annum, with an admission rate of around 30%. 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, working closely with the surgical, critical care, and anaesthetic colleagues, there has been a recent update and refinement of the trauma and disaster protocols. 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 General Hospital
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 the hospital is committed to achieving equity in health care for them.
Palmerston North itself is a vibrant, multicultural city that is home to outstanding primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, including Massey University. There are excellent restaurants and shops, and ample local opportunities for outdoor activities including mountain biking, tramping, fishing, hunting, and camping. We are also an easy drive to the Tasman Sea, Hawkes Bay, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu, and Lake Taupō.
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