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Specialist Palliative Care

Employer Waikato DHB
Workplace Waikato Hospital
Specialty Palliative Medicine
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date Open
Employer Waikato DHB Workplace Waikato Hospital
Specialty Palliative Medicine Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date Open

Job description

ID: WAI15848
Where you’ll be working: Waikato Hospital
The details: Permanent, full or part-time opportunites

We are seeking outstanding and experienced palliative medicine specialists to join our progressive team of Palliative Medicine Specialists. We currently have two part-time vacancies and are flexible on how we recruit to these roles.

About the service:

The Waikato Palliative Care Program, currently accredited with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, encompasses two sites: Waikato Hospital and Hospice Waikato, providing specialist palliative care across the Waikato Region. It is a stable, supportive multi-disciplinary team, acting in a collaborative fashion across both facilities. A consult liaison service is provided by medical and nursing specialists to patients with both malignant and non-malignant diagnoses. A small number of patients are admitted under the Palliative Care service each year with complex palliative care needs or as transfers from other DHBs to access tertiary level Palliative Care input. The Palliative Care department currently reports within the Division of Oncology

Hospice Waikato is the main community palliative care provider to the region, comprising a 10-bed inpatient unit. It also provides an at home service, a rural outreach programme, plus outpatient clinics. Hospice patients and family/whanau benefit from access to a full range of psychosocial and spiritual support through illness and bereavement. The successful candidate will spend time on both sites.
The Waikato Palliative Care Program has a close relationship with the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical School and an Honorary appointment at an appropriate University level (Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor or Professor) can be arranged depending on the applicant’s experience and academic qualifications.

The successful applicant will be employed by Waikato DHB as a Senior Medical Officer with generous vacation and CME leave. Stipends are provided for conference leave as well as relocation expenses.
Please contact Anna Armstrong, Clinical Director for further information about the position and service.

Waikato District Health Board

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand. We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. You can read about our vision, strategy and values here.

Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is a Level-1 trauma centre and one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology. We also run a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to delivering the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we service. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values, to apply, and would like to encourage applicants who have a Māori world view.

Why Waikato:

Waikato is the fourth largest region in New Zealand and located just south of Auckland. It features a wide range of world-class outdoor and cultural experiences. You can surf the world-famous beaches of Raglan, swim at the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel, hike our majestic mountain ranges, tour the Hobbiton shire, experience the magic of the Waitomo glowworm caves, and encounter a vast array of flora and fauna at the remarkable Maungatautari Ecological Reserve.

Situated on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is New Zealand’s largest metropolitan inland city. It’s vibrant city centre and rich cultural mix makes it an ideal place to experience the authentic friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

Your application:

Please apply directly online here:

Applications are not able to be accepted via email. For any queries about the role please contact Taylor Spence in the Recruitment Team

Application closing date: Open until filled


Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui
• Give and earn respect - Whakamana
• Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo
• Fair play – Mauri Pai
• Growing the good – Whakapakari
• Stronger together – Kotahitanga

Qualifications required

Required skills & experience:

We are looking for someone with qualifications, training, experience or interests related to Palliative Care. This is a varied and challenging role which demands outstanding professional skills, commitment to the specialty and a vision of providing a team-based service founded on excellence in all aspects of the business.

There is a requirement for Vocational registration or the potential vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. You can check your eligibility for registration here:
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Vacancy contact details
Name Taylor Spence
Phone 07 839 8899
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