Psychiatrist - Substance Abuse

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    Physician, Psychiatrist

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    $190,000 - 270,000

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    11 months ago

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Role: Consultant Psychiatrist

Scope of Practice: General Adult Psychiatry and Substance Abuse

Role Details

This is an unique opportunity for a psychiatrist specialised or interested in addiction medicine to work in a new role challenged with delivering Opioid Substitution Treatment and providing excellent care to patients on their journey of recovery from opioid dependency. Based in a city on the stunning coastline of New Zealand’s North Island, you will join a multidisciplinary team experienced in this specialist area with great scope for learning in this field.

The hospital provides health services to the people of the Western Bay of Plenty. A secondary hospital, it provides level 4-5 services including medical, surgical, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology and mental health. It has 349 beds with 34 psychiatry beds (10 for psychogeriatrics).

The hospital is also a base for a range of associated clinical support services and allied health, such as rehabilitation, speech therapy, physiotherapy, stroke and cardiac support, district nursing and drug and alcohol programme.

The hospital serves one of the fastest growing populations in the country and the campus has undergone significant development in recent years to grow health services to match. In recent years the hospital has seen the construction of a new wing, including new theatres, outpatients department and maternity unit, of extremely high quality.

This role is permanent and full time and the main focus of this role is to provide Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) for patients across the district in accordance with the New Zealand OST guidelines. Previous experience working in addiction medicine would be an advantage but not essential as there are experienced clinicians who will support the new appointee. The appointee/s will work with senior psychiatrist and mental health and addiction services registrar colleagues and have close liaison with general practitioners and pharmacists.  


  • Delivery of the medical aspect of Opioid Substitution Treatment, substance withdrawal treatment and interventions
  • Provision of clinical assessment and interventions in partnership with caseworkers and addiction clinicians
  • Operate within a clear harm reduction philosophy in terms of all clinical practice.
  • Co-ordination of optimal care within a biopsychosocial framework.
  • Establish partnership as the basis for a therapeutic relationship with service users
  • Participation in the delivery of the Substance Addiction Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act 2017.


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.

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