Workplace MidCentral DHB - Palmerston North
Specialty Emergency Medicine
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Commencement date 15 May 2021
Hours per week 40
Application closing date 14 May 2021
MidCentral District Health Board / Palmerston North Hospital are looking for one full time Emergency Physician to provide maternity cover on a fixed-term contract for one year from April/May 2021. Due to the commencement date to be eligible applicants must be current Fellows of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM) and hold either vocational registration with MCNZ or full registration with AHPRA to be considered. The position is also open to applications from those due to be awarded their FACEM in May/June 2021.
You will be joining a strong team of 14 Emergency Physicians from New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, and South Africa, as well as 3 clinical nurse specialists and 1 nurse practitioner. We are responsible for supervising 18 resident medical officers (a mix of registrars and senior house officers) as well as 6th year medical students from the University of Otago. We are accredited for 1 year advanced training by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and have a highly successful teaching programme for both Part I and Part II ACEM examinations. Each week we have protected teaching time, including time in our simulation centre, for registrars, house officers, and students.
The Palmerston North Hospital ED sees approximately 48,000 adult and paediatric presentations per annum, with an admission rate of around 30%. We are an Australasian Level 4 ED and regional trauma centre, and see a higher than average trauma workload due to agricultural injuries from the many farms in the area as well as road accidents from the several state highways transecting the region. We have a trauma team that operates 24/7 and, working closely with our surgical, critical care, and anaesthetic colleagues, we have recently updated and refined our trauma and disaster protocols. We have access to all acute services on-site with the exception of neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and plastic surgery; patients requiring these services are transferred to Wellington Hospital or Hutt Hospital.
Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital on the lower North Island, servicing a total catchment population of approximately 200,000 people, of which approximately 90,000 live in the city. We serve a geographically large area that includes isolated rural townships in the Manawatu, Tararua, and Horowhenua regions, as well as the New Zealand Defence Force facilities Linton Military Camp and Ohakea Airforce Base. Our catchment area has a higher than average population of Māori and Pacific people, and we are committed to achieving equity in health care for them.
Palmerston North itself is a vibrant, multicultural city that is home to outstanding primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, including Massey University. There are excellent restaurants and shops, and ample local opportunities for outdoor activities including mountain biking, tramping, fishing, hunting, and camping. We are also an easy drive to the Tasman Sea, Hawkes Bay, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu, and Lake Taupō.
If you are interested in joining our collegial, motivated team, please contact Dr David Prisk, Medical Lead, Emergency Department or Anita Roberts, SMO Recruitment Coordinator, +64 06 350 8849.
Fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine