Employer: MidCentral DHB

Specialty: Geriatric Medicine

Grading: Specialist / Consultant

Number of positions: 1

Job Hours: 40

Required qualifications: To be eligible for this position you must either be registered (or eligible) with the Medical Council of New Zealand and have a specialist qualification in Geriatrics that is recognised by the Royal Australasian College of  Physicians as suitable for Vocational Registration in New Zealand.

Are you a specialist geriatrician looking for an exciting opportunity to help develop innovative services for older people?

If so, the Healthy Ageing & Rehabilitation cluster at Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua | MidCentral (previously MidCentral District Health Board) would welcome your application.

  • We are seeking to employ:
    A full-time (1.0 FTE) specialist geriatrician

The specialist geriatrician will join our experienced team of geriatricians, nurses and allied health professionals.

This is an exciting time for older people in our district. In collaboration with our partners in primary care, MidCentral has in recent times implemented a range of initiatives to enable older people to live well with frailty:

Multi-disciplinary Older People’s Assessment & Liaison (OPAL) teams – supporting our Integrated Family Health Centres/GP teams on a locality basis to proactively manage older people with frailty;

  • An Interface Geriatrics service to enable ‘front door’ geriatric assessment in the Emergency
  • Department and Medical Admissions and Planning Unit
  • An acute care unit for older people with frailty incorporating an OPAL unit – Older People’s Acute Assessment & Liaison (OPAL) unit
  • An expanded Ortho-geriatric liaison service

The post will be based at Palmerston North Hospital. There is no on call roster for Elder Health but participation in the general medical on call roster is negotiable. There is an expectation that the successful applicant will play an active role in clinical quality initiatives.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic and forward thinking colleague who is committed to helping us achieve our goal for the district of older people living well with frailty.

About Us
We service a population of around 186,000 people across our district with key sites at Palmerston North Hospital and Horowhenua Health Centre, Levin. In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.

About the city and area
Situated in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand, the Manawatu region offers visitors and residents a unique mix of lifestyle by combining rural charm with the convenience of sophisticated living. Palmerston North in the centre of the Manawatu is a beautiful location, with all modern services and luxuries expected of vibrant cities, including a shopping plaza, a Globe theatrical centre, the Regent and Centre Point theatres, and dozens of hotels/motels, giving Palmerston North a reputation as a conference hub. Palmerston North tertiary education is provided by Massey University and the International Pacific College. We have excellent primary, intermediate and secondary schooling, both public and private, mixed and single sex. Cost of living is reasonable, housing very affordable, and rural living with stunning views only minutes from town is very achievable.

See more about Palmerston North here

To comply with the current Health Order, Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua | MidCentral requires ALL its employees to be fully vaccinated (and boosted as applicable) against COVID-19. We will not accept applications that do not meet this criteria.

Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua | MidCentral actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve

For further information about this role please contact Dr Syed Zaman, Clinical Executive, ElderHealth or  Anita Roberts, SMO Recruitment Specialist, phone 64 6 350 8849.

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Vacancy contact details

Name: Anita Roberts

Position: SMO Recruitment Specialist


Phone: +6463508849