Psychiatrist or GP Senior Medical Officer Substance Abuse

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Physician with experience of managing patients with psychiatric and substance abuse disorders is sought for a new position in New Zealand to assist with managing patients with methamphetamine addiction..

Key Facts

  • Public sector employer
  • Full time, permanent role
  • Secondary care service with tertiary care at university referral hospital
  • Located in an area of stunning natural beauty and warm weather all round, offering a relaxed outdoor lifestyle which suits people interested in sailing, surfing and sports.
  • Suitable for either Psychiatrists or GPs
  • Assistance with work permit / immigration and licence to practise

The Role

We have an exciting new opening for a Senior Medical Officer looking for a small city, rural, farm, or beach lifestyle opportunity, living and working in the Whangarei area. This position is part of Northland's wider Mental Health Services, which cover the whole of the North from around Wellsford to North Cape.

This is a great opportunity to join a programme which involves a high level of cooperation between police and health services, taking advantage of the Government's investment in tackling methamphetamine addiction problems in this district.

We offer you the chance to provide leadership to a multidisciplinary team, with support for your professional development and plenty of opportunities to make a difference.

We are encouraging applications from a broad range of medical practitioners with specialist training and experience in addictions practice.

The Scope of Practice will include:

  • Provide a wide range of addiction medicine treatment options including substitution treatment, agonists, craving and withdrawal management to patients
  • Provide mental health assessment and treatment for existing clients of AOD services with suspected mental health disorders but who at the time are not receiving treatment for a psychiatric disorder, until such time as they are referred to their GP or to Community Mental Health and in an ongoing capacity when this is indicated, especially if they do not meet criteria for MH services or when ongoing Coexisting Problems treatment expertise is needed
  • Formulation of treatment plans and assessment of the response, reflecting a recovery approach.


  • Licence: general or vocational licence with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Qualifications: Medical Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Alcohol or Drugs Abuse
  • Experience: past experience working with patients with alcohol and drug problems and psychiatric disorders


  • Comprehensive Alcohol and Drug and coexisting problems assessment and treatment skills using a biopsychosocial framework
  • Motivational Interviewing Skills
  • Supervisory and teaching skills
  • Skills in liaising with other health professionals and caregivers
  • Experience in positive conflict resolution skills
  • Proven ability to meet timeframes
  • Computer literacy – NDHB information systems e.g. JADE, Outlook, Intranet
  • Effective communication skills – verbal and written
  • Effective Multi-Disciplinary Team member
  • A harm reduction approach
  • Leadership skills


The Hospital

The role is based in a region of the North Island of New Zealand with 4 hospitals covering an extensive area of territory. The largest hospital is a regional base hospital with 350 + beds providing secondary care services including 24/7 emergency department, medical and surgical specialties, ICU, ENT, O&G, Paediatrics and Psychiatry.  The three smaller hospitals provide basic primary and secondary care. The population has complex health needs.

The Location

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.

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