Internist - Rural and Remote Medicine - New Zealand

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    New Zealand

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    about 3 years ago

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An Internist or Family Physician (GP) with specialist training in rural and remote medicine is sought for a role with a regional health board in New Zealand. The position is based in a 28 bed rural hospital with a busy Accident and Medical Department, Outpatient clinics, Operating Theatres , combined Medical, Surgical and Paediatric ward and many community based services. Close specialist support is provided from the regional general hospital.

The role of the Rural Hospital Specialist / Clinical Lead is to provide medical care to acutely ill patients in the Accident & Medical department as well as the management of inpatients on the General Ward. The range of medical care managed at the Hospital is complex and interesting. The hospital provides care for some 25,000 people as well as the huge influx of tourists in the summer period. The ideal candidate has experience as a Clinical Lead of a rural hospital with excellent knowledge of medical staff, rostering and day to day running of a busy hospital.

A generous salary package includes substantial support for Continuing Medical Education.

The successful applicant will be living in a beautiful part of New Zealand with warm summers, mild winters and lots of opportunities for outdoor activities on land and at sea just two hours' drive from Auckland, with regular flights to and from Auckland Airport.

 Key Duties:

  • General Practitioners [GP] requests for clinical assessment of patients and/or advice are responded to in a timely manner
  • Patients presenting for assessment or admission are seen within agreed timeframes/criteria according to site-specific policies
  • Clinical investigations are ordered and results assessed
  • Admission decisions are based on agreed admission criteria
  • Patients will be seen and managed where possible and appropriate as outpatients
  • Undertakes the assessment, investigations and medical treatment of patients
  • Undertakes all necessary rounds and patient reviews and follows up care
  • Enables integrated care involving other specialist services possible and appropriate, as outpatients, eg medical clinic
  • Provides feedback and advice as appropriate to GPs on the care of patients referred
  • Booked admissions are seen in a timely manner
  • Patient management care ordered or requested is appropriate to needs of patient and in accordance with current protocols
  • Referrals are made to visiting Specialists or to outpatient clinics in a timely way
  • Acknowledges individual differences and needs of patients and their rights, including the rights and requirements for informed consent, the Code of Rights and the Privacy Act
  • Participates in multidisciplinary and patient/family meetings
  • Ensures that the patient and their authorised representative are kept informed of the patient’s    current condition, the treatment being received, the overall plan and the expected outcome of their illness
  • Ensure all documentation and processes are clear and meet the policies of the health board.
  • Meet current standards of professional practice recommended by the Medical Council of New Zealand the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
  • Enroll in, and meet the professional development criteria of RACP
  • maintain personal competency in all areas of work undertaken to meet the requirements of accreditation and statutory bodies such as IANZ, QHNZ and NZMC
  • Contribute to service quality assurance by participating in clinical audits, case reviews and incident review processes
  • Supervise a registrar in training according to the supervision guidelines laid down by the RACP.
  • Provide teaching to other staff in the course of clinical work and at formal teaching sessions.
  • Include the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi within all aspects of the role and its outcomes
  • Observe and promote safe work practices, rules and instructions relating to work, and be pro-active in hazard management



  • Qualifications: Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) - FRACP or equivalent qualification
  • License: Vocational Registration or Eligibility for Vocational Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Language: fluent English (IELTS Academic Module 7.5 average for non native speakers)


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