Consultant Psychiatrist

Whakatāne Mental Health and Addiction Service

Employment Type: Permanent - 1 FTE

Mō Tātou – About Us

Situated in the sunny eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, the Bay of Plenty really is just that, offering vast golden sand beaches, bush clad mountains, lush farmlands and more. Its pleasant climate means that the area has become a favourite for holiday makers, retirees and those looking for a different lifestyle outside of the main cities.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board is spread across a vast geographical area and centred across two hospitals based in Tauranga and Whakatāne.  We serve a population of approximately 259,000 for the major population centres of Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki.  The BOPDHB is one of the Bay of Plenty’s largest employers with over 4000 staff.

He Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the Role

This is a rare opportunity to work in the beautiful Eastern Bay of Plenty looking after a diverse population.  The recent retirement of a Consultant Psychiatrist has created a permanent vacancy in the Mental Health and Addiction Service based in Whakatāne.

In this role you will be working in a community mental health and addictions multidisciplinary clinical team, and acute inpatient unit at Whakatāne Hospital and with NGO and primary care providers. You will be one of a team of three senior medical officers supporting two registrars and a house officer.

You will work with Whakatāne and Tauranga clinicians in a number of cross-district service relationships that include addiction services and mental health services for older people.

We are a teaching hospital with Psychiatric Registrars Training through the Upper Central North Island (UCNI) training scheme and 5th and 6th year medical students through the University of Auckland.

He korero mōu - About You

We are seeking someone with:

  • Vocationally registered psychiatrist with The Medical Council of NZ or eligible for this.
  • Fellowship with the RANZCP or the equivalent is essential.

A desire to work collaboratively to improve the outcomes for our community, support and educate others to do so too and make the most of the natural environment while you do. 

If you like to work in a team that puts the patient at the centre, and is collaborative, creative and collegial, please consider this your next job.

Ko o tatou painga – Our Benefits 

  • In-House career development
  • Relocation assistance package available
  • Flexible working options for a healthy work-life balance
  • Highly rewarding role and opportunity to make a difference!
  • Be a valued member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Subsidised onsite hospital gym membership 
  • Free onsite parking 
  • Discounts (with local businesses)

The Whakatāne community is vibrant and engaged while being close to Tauranga, New Zealand's fastest growing city.  There is a wide-range of schooling options throughout the area and the stunning region offers New Zealand’s recently voted favourite beach, ancient forests and is blessed with breath-taking landscapes and rich Māori culture. The Coromandel and Auckland are an easy drive away and there is close enough access to the ski fields in winter.  We showcase the perfect place to explore a wide range of nature-based pursuits – you don’t have to forsake your career either, in fact why not enhance it with a better work-life balance.

Click here to read more about living and working in Whakatāne.

Ngā uarātanga ō ā mātou mahi – Our Values

At the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) we recruit for our Manaakitanga CARE values. Why do we do this? Because values-based teams deliver better care.

Our manaakitanga CARE values (Compassion, All-one-team, Responsive and Excellence) support each of us to make a difference every day in the things we do and say. Therefore, it's important that when recruiting, we recruit new colleagues who live by our CARE values.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to Apply

You can view the position description below and to apply for the role please click “APPLY NOW” 

For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online career’s portal. For additional information or to arrange a confidential chat, contact Dr Fiona Miller, Clinical Director Mental Health and Addictions services – Fiona.Miller@bopdhb.govt.nz

The BOPDHB are committed to improving Māori health outcomes and achieving health equity for Māori through Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. It is essential you demonstrate an awareness of Māori indigenous rights and current issues in relation to health and health equity.

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Bay of Plenty DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker.  Evidence of your vaccination status will be required at offer stage.  If you do not meet this criteria, we are unable to progress your application.

All applications must be made online.

We are also currently recruiting a Consultant Psychiatrist for our Addictions team in Tauranga.  To read further about this role please click here.




Job Details

Reference 005001616
Location Whakatane
Work Type Permanent Full Time
FTE 1
Closing Date 24/07/2022



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