Psychiatrist Consultant - Old Age Psychiatry

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    about 1 year ago

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This is an excellent opportunity for a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Old Age Psychiatry to join an established Old Age Psychiatry team in Auckland, the commercial capital of New Zealand, and its largest city, which offers a stable position in a modern hospital base with a world class lifestyle and advanced career development opportunities.


  • Full time, permanent role in public sector hospitals
  • Major city in the north island of New Zealand with excellent educational, cultural and leisure opportunities
  • Excellent CME programme, research opportunities
  • Full support from junior medical staff and other senior medical staff
  • On call 1 in 20
  • Interesting variety of clinical work
  • Relocation assistance provided (work permit, immigration etc)



An opportunity has arisen for a Consultant Psychiatrist to join an established and dynamic older adults mental health service and we are seeking an enthusiastic, proactive person, with a drive to improve care delivery.

Mental Health Services for Older Adults (MHSOA) is a service provided in both an inpatient and community setting.

MHSOA Provides Assessment, Treatment And Support To

  • People with serious mental disorder, aged 65 or older, newly presenting to local mental health services or who have not been under the care of other local mental health services for two years
  • People of any age, with primary dementia and serious behavioural and/ or psychological symptoms and signs
  • People with pre-existing serious mental health disorders who would be better cared for by MHSOA, either because of significant medical co-morbidities or frailty, or (less commonly) due to psychological or social issues typical of those seen by MHSOA.

This team reports to the division of Specialty Medicine & Health of Older People. The MHSOA team maintains strong professional links to the Mental Health Services Group.

Inpatient Unit
A 19 bed inpatient unit in a general hospital site that provides inpatient assessment and treatment for the two older adult community mental health teams.

Community Teams
There are two community who work collaboratively with the inpatient teams.

The service operates a clinical governance model that allows close involvement of clinicians in service development, service planning and quality improvement initiatives.

This is an accredited training service and has rotating pre-examination psychiatry trainees and advanced trainees in psychiatry of old age; therefore teaching and supervision of training registrars, house officers, medical students and clinical leadership to the multidisciplinary team are core functions for our consultants.

This position is a service based position, initially as an inpatient role, with an opportunity to rotate through the community teams.

You will also ideally be involved in our neuro-stimulation service which currently delivers electroconvulsive therapy.

Educational and Licence Requirements

  • Possess a Medical Degree registrable with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Have the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or a similar higher training qualification eligible for vocations registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • IELTS Academic module if non-native English speaker



The position is based at the largest provider of Mental Health Services in New Zealand, serving a catchment population of approximately 630,000 people in the North, West and Rodney areas of Auckland. There is a fully comprehensive range of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi have been recognised and integrated into the culturally aware and responsive mainstream services, particularly to the Maori indigenous population.

The Adult Mental Health Service comprises an integrated range of Adult Community and Inpatient Services..

The health board has 2 major hospitals and provides emergency, medical, surgical, maternity, community health and mental health services locally within its district as well as a range of services for the Auckland region, including child rehabilitation and respite at Takapuna’s Wilson Centre, forensic psychiatric services at the Mason Clinic in Point Chevalier, oral health services for children and young people from multiple locations through the Auckland Regional Dental Service and Community Alcohol and Drug Services

The district health board considers that it has a sacred obligation to care for all within its boundaries and world class care is at the forefront of its priorities. It has embarked upon programmes of digital transformation, care redesign and health leadership. Research and innovation are core values. It employs over 7500 staff. The main sites include North Shore Hospital on the shores of Lake Pupuke in Takapuna and Waitakere Hospital in lush, green West Auckland.


The successful applicants 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, in Auckland, the largest city of New Zealand with a population of over 1 million people. The city is blessed with two harbours, stunning beaches, museums, theatres, shops and excellent educational establishments.


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