Internist & Infectious Diseases Specialist

A physician specialising in acute internal medicine and infectious diseases is sought for a vacancy which has arisen due to a promotion. The role is suitable for an experienced or newly qualified specialist and the scope of practice will be a 50/50 split between the two disciplines with on call duties on top. An integral part of this role is service development to meet the needs of a fast growing population with innovation and technology and the participation within a multiskilled team.

Employer

The main hospital is a level 5 hospital with 24/7 emergency department, acute services including general medicine and medical sub-specialties, Cardiology, Intensive Care, Paediatrics, O&G, Mental Health, Orthopaedics, General and Vascular Surgery, Urology, ENT and Ophthalmology. Waikato Hospital is the adult tertiary referral service, Starship for Paediatric tertiary services. It has a clinical school affiliated with the University of Auckland and is accredited for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Most of your work will be in this hospital with intermittent visits to a smaller hospital 90 minutes drive away for out patient clinics and liaison consultation.

Duties

  • The Infectious Diseases component involves consult liaison support for the wider organisation (secondary and primary care) on a shared roster (not out of hours cover at this time).
  • It also includes antimicrobial stewardship alongside a dedicated pharmacist, Infection Prevention and Control as part of a multidisciplinary team, HIV care supported by two specialist nurses as well as preparation and management of the antimicrobial guidelines and app. There is a close working relationship with the microbiology team at Pathlab who provide laboratory services.  This includes 2 clinical microbiologists and an advanced trainee in microbiology.
  • foster a learning culture across undergraduate and postgraduate medical staff, with the support of the BOP clinical school and the University of Auckland. The infection team has a strong track record of research involvement, in recent years having been involved with clinical trials in Hepatitis C, RSV, Influenza, prosthetic joint infection and community acquired pneumonia. 

Skill and Qualifications

Applicants must hold or be eligible for vocational registration with the New Zealand Medical Council and hold FRACPor equivalent qualifications. 

As well as excellent clinical skills, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in these key areas:

  • Innovation of services and an enthusiasm for creative problem solving. You will be responsible for the integration of primary and secondary care services.
  • Dedication to the provision of service quality
  • Team working to effectively achieve defined goals.
  • Understanding of cultural diversity and sensitive cultural issues
  • Ability to provide integrated care within several disciplines
  • Excellent communication both verbal and written
  • Commitment to education and inspiration of junior medical staff, medical students and other health professionals studying at the University of Auckland and the Bay of Plenty Clinical School. 
  • Interest in clinical research

Location

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.

Applications and Further Information:

If you are interested in this role please apply with a detailed CV not longer than 5 pages