Psychiatrist for rural adult general psychiatry practice North Island

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    Physician, Psychiatrist

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    200,000 - 300,000

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    12 days ago

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  • Full time, permanent role
  • Competitive relocation package available
  • Rural and community psychiatric practice

Role Details:

The role is based with a public health board which provides specialist clinical mental health and addiction services to the people of New Zealand’s northwestern tip, a population of around 200,000, with a high level of deprivation and one of the highest percentages of Māori residents in New Zealand. Outside of the main city, the region has large areas of farms and forrests, bounded by two coastlines.

These services are designed to cater for people with significant mental illness and/or addiction that is beyond the scope of primary care services. In patient services are provided in the regional general hospital and are supported by a network of community and rural mental health services.

This role suits a psychiatrist with an interest in rural psychiatry, community psychiatry and the management of sub-acute mental illness.


Main Duties include:

  1. To provide Clinical leadership for the regional mental health and addiction services multidisciplinary teams.
  2. To provide psychiatric assessment and management of patients under the care of the teams and to provide expert psychiatric opinion and advice to clinicians working within other specialties.
  3. To provide psychiatric input for clients in the Sub-acute Unit.
  4. To provide assessment and management, participate in court hearings and to undertake any other activities required to fulfill the role of Responsible Clinician for patients subject to the Mental Health Act.
  5. To provide psychiatric assessment and management for any patients under the care of Mental Health & Addiction Services when directed to do so by the Clinical Head/Clinical Director.
  6. To act as an effective member of multidisciplinary teams in both Mental Health Services and other specialist services.
  7. To provide supervision, when required, to a registrars and other clinicians.



  • have or be eligible for specialist registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand in a vocational and/ or locum tenens Psychiatry scope of practice, with no restrictions to your APC.
  • Ideally you will have obtained FRANZCP or equivalent qualification.
  • Previous experience in rural psychiatry would be useful as would an interest in the cultural aspects of psychiatry
  • Experience in the education and supervision of trainee psychiatrists is helpful


Employee Benefits

  • salary of NZ$ 200,000 - 300,000 pa with pension benefits and no national insurance
  • 6 weeks paid annual leave 
  • medical licence expenses covered
  • on-going professional support including continued medical education
  • professional development and peer review
  • you will have active participation in a growing service that has the opportunity to be at the forefront of both primary and secondary care innovations.
  • acompetitive relocation package to support you and your family to make the move 


If you are interested in this role, please submit your CV for immediate consideration or contact us for further details.

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