Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Employer: Southern DHB

Grading: Specialist / Consultant

Number of positions: 1

Job Hours: 1.0 FTE

Required qualifications: Fellowship with the RANZCP or the equivalent is essential and ideally you will already have a current registration with the NZ Medical Council

Wakari Hospital

Salary: ASMS MECA 2022 (NZD 170,369 to 250,560)

  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ (Permanent 1.0 FTE negotiable)
  • Close knit, supportive team
  • Additional Intellectual Disability opportunity

The SRFPS provides forensic mental health input across Otago and Southland and includes a 15-bed medium secure inpatient ward in Dunedin, forensic community teams and regional prison and court liaison services. Depending on the area of work, typical duties may include inpatient and outpatient forensic care, court-ordered reports, prison clinics and providing regional liaison and second opinions to colleagues.

Mō te tūranga – About the role

The current configuration of this role is 0.7 FTE forensic psychiatry and 0.3 FTE intellectual disability (ID) and we can tailor this role to offer flexibility to work, develop and lead within your preferred area of forensic mental health. The ID service is comprised of up to 12 medium secure inpatient and four step-down locked beds with regional and community liaison across a mixed general and forensic ID population.

You will be expected to be on the service-wide general psychiatry on-call roster (supporting the on-call registrar) and participate in professional development activities such as CPD groups, journal clubs and grand rounds. With our strong links to the Otago Medical School you will be able to enjoy teaching medical students and registrars. Opportunities to be appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine also exist.

To be successful in this role you’ll need to be committed to quality service delivery and development and able to work effectively as a senior clinician within a multidisciplinary team.

Mōu ake – About you

Fellowship with the RANZCP or the equivalent is essential and ideally you will already have a current registration with the NZ Medical Council

Mō mātou – About us

Te Whatu Ora – Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Painga – Benefits:

  • Supportive team
  • Flexible role

Utu whānui – Salary range

This role belongs to the ASMS Collective Agreement and falls between the Step 1 ($170,369) and Step 15 ($250,560 p.a pro rata).

Rā mōnehu – Closing date: Monday, 17 October 2022.

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Tono ināianei – Apply now

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website:

For a job description or further information, please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers with your CV. Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email:

If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand – Southern, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting/Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Te Whatu Ora Southern you will be required to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster vaccine against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website:

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Vacancy contact details

Name: Agatha Chen


Phone: +64 3 470 9604