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Medical Director - Mental Health & Addiction Services

Employer MidCentral DHB
Workplace MidCentral DHB - Palmerston North
Specialty Psychiatry
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date 16 Jan 2022
Employer MidCentral DHB Workplace MidCentral DHB - Palmerston North
Specialty Psychiatry Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date 16 Jan 2022

Job description

MidCentral DHB is looking to appoint an experienced psychiatrist to assist in the leadership of our Mental Health and Addiction services.

Our services have embarked on a significant transformation programme in the past 12 months, as we move to implement the recommendations from He Ara Oranga, Mental Health & Addiction Inquiry. This is an exciting opportunity to join our new clinical leadership team and support the development of an integrated range of well-connected services along with our NGO partners in our community.

The successful applicant will be a practicing clinician who has experience in service development and a keen interest in clinical governance.

We provide comprehensive community-based mental health services across the complete age range including:

•Child, adolescent and family mental health services
•Comprehensive community adult services
•Specialist Maori mental health services (Oranga Hinengaro)
•Specialist services for Mental Health for the elderly
•Specialist community alcohol and drug services including OST services
•Comprehensive 24 hour acute care services (crisis intervention service)
•Acute inpatient services (including intensive mental health care-26 beds)
•General hospital liaison psychiatry
•Early intervention services
•Intensive community rehabilitation services

We have a commitment to continuing medical education and professional development and our peer review group is enrolled with the maintenance of professional standards programme of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. We are recognised by the College for registrar training in inpatient, general adult community, and child and adolescent psychiatry, and this is an area we are seeking to further develop.

** Due to recent increased recruitment we are temporarily in the position of restricting applications to those who are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Psychiatry (FRACP) and hold either vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) or hold full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

If you are interested in this position but do not meet this criteria and would like to be advised when we are in a position to reopen to applications from outside Australasia. Please feel free to e-mail your contact details to

For more information please contact Anita Roberts SMO Recruitment Coordinator +64 6 3508849

MidCentral DHB requires ALL its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. To comply with the recent health order, applicants must have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 15 November 2021 AND their second dose no later than 1 January 2022. We are not accepting applications that do not meet this criteria.

Qualifications required

To be eligible for this position you must either be registered (or eligible) with the Medical Council of New Zealand and have a specialist qualification in Psychiatry that is recognised by the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists as suitable for Vocational Registration in New Zealand
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Vacancy contact details
Name Anita Roberts
Position SMO Recruitment Co-ordinator
Phone 06 350 8849
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