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Consultant Psychiatrist - Central Region Community Forensic Team (Palmerston North)

Employer Capital & Coast DHB
Workplace Palmerston North
Specialty Psychiatry
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 20
Commencement date Open
Application closing date 16 Aug 2020
Employer Capital & Coast DHB Workplace Palmerston North
Specialty Psychiatry Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant Commencement date Open
Hours per week 20 Application closing date 16 Aug 2020

Job description

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

Location: Palmerston North (Central Region Community Forensic Team)

Contract: Permanent, part time (0.5 FTE)


We are looking for a Consultant Psychiatrist with forensic experience based in Palmerston North. The successful candidate will be working 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. Peer review, informal supervision and collegial support are also provided.

The Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Service provides the acute inpatient service which consist of Purehurehu (male only 15 bed unit) and Rangipapa (mixed gender 13 bed unit). Pukeko House is attached to Rangipapa unit. Pukeko house provides rehabilitation/recovery step-down facility for four tangata whaiora/service users within the inpatient forensic system. There is a 15 bed medium secure unit in Whanganui (Stanford House) which provides longer stay rehabilitation. The service also has access to low secure and open beds as well as longer stay beds in the Rehabilitation Service and there is a close interface between the two services.

The position is predominantly across 3DHB in the Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Services (MHS). The Central Regional Forensic MHS operates at the interface between MHS and the Justice System and works within the following settings – prisons, courts, community & inpatient. The service offers assessment and rehabilitation services to:

Defendants charged with criminal offences
Offenders who have psychiatric illness.


- Work and liaise with a multi-disciplinary team in a forensic setting
- Clinical responsibility and management of forensic community clients
- Liaise with and provide advice for the health teams at MidCentral Forensic Services
- Provide expert assessments and reports to the courts as required
- Provide weekly doctor clinics at MidCentral Forensic Services (prison and community)


- 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
- Forensic psychiatry experience essential
- Experience in working with inpatient and community Mental Health Services
- Experience in providing clinical leadership to other psychiatrists in the team & multidisciplinary setting
- Have a current full driver’s licence


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. CCDHB is a pro-equity Health Organisation, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific Peoples.


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 (SMO17-20) and job title in the subject line.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed

Qualifications required

Specialist qualifications in psychiatry - FRANZCP or equivalent and be able to register for specialist registration with the MCNZ
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Vacancy contact details
Name Sandra Tam
Position SMO recruitment advisor
Phone (04) 806 2547
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