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Consultant Psychiatrist - Regional Community Forensic Mental Health Service (Whanganui)

Employer Capital & Coast DHB
Workplace Whanganui - Stanford House
Specialty Psychiatry
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date 29 May 2019
Employer Capital & Coast DHB Workplace Whanganui - Stanford House
Specialty Psychiatry Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date 29 May 2019

Job description

Nau mai, haere mai ki Ūpoko ki te uru hauora.

Location: Whanganui

Contract: Full Time, Permanent


We are looking for a consultant psychiatrist with forensic experience who is comfortable taking on a senior role.

You will work in a multidisciplinary team setting, providing high quality diagnosis, and treatment and follow up of mental health consumers and supporting the medical and psychiatric development of this service.

You will be responsible for providing input to the extended term secure regional forensic inpatient service at Stanford House, regular prison clinics at Whanganui prison and follow up of special patients in the community. In addition you will provide court requested expert assessments and reports and may occasionally be required to attend court to give an expert opinion. Peer review, informal supervision and collegial support are also provided.

This appointment is a full time position based in Whanganui as the work is spread over Whanganui Forensic Community Mental Health Team and Stanford House.

A consultant psychiatrist with forensic experience who is comfortable taking on a senior role, able to provide input to regular prison clinics, and follow up special patients in the community and comfortable with providing expert opinions to the court.


- Work and liaise with a multi-disciplinary team in a forensic setting
- Run weekly forensic doctor clinics at both Whanganui Prison and Stanford House
- Liaise with, and provide advice for, the health teams at Whanganui Prison and Stanford House
- Write court requested expert assessments and reports
- May be occasionally required to give an expert opinion in court


- Vocationally registered psychiatrist with Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to practise as a consultant Psychiatrist
- FRANZCP or equivalent and be able to register for specialist registration with the MCNZ
- Experienced Consultant Psychiatrist
- Experience in working with Inpatient and Community Mental Health Services
- Experience in providing clinical leadership to other psychiatrists in the team
- Experience in providing clinical leadership in a multi-disciplinary setting
- Have a current driver’s license


Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has the equivalent of around 4,300 full time staff, making us a major employer in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu.

CCDHB provides a range of specialist services including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care and community-based services including district nursing, rehabilitation services, social work, alcohol and drug services, and home support services to a population of around 900,000 people.

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Te Korowai Whariki services include regional forensic and rehabilitation services covering the Central region while the intellectual disability services extend the length and breadth of the country from six bases located in Whangarei, Auckland, Cambridge, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

Here at CCDHB we embrace diversity and welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.


Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online CCDHB application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button.

Please note we will be considering applications as they are submitted.

Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email and please indicate the vacancy number (SMO09-19) and job title in the subject line.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed

Qualifications required

Specialist qualification in psychiatry
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Vacancy contact details
Name Sandra Tam
Position SMO recruitment advisor
Phone (04) 806 2547
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