Consultant Emergency Medicine (Rural) - Life on the stunning Coromandel Peninsula, North Island

Head Medical
Coromandel, Thames-Coromandel (NZ)
Very Competitive
29 May 2020
26 Jun 2020
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

New job. New lifestyle. New Zealand.

Embrace the relaxed Coro’ vibe and kiwi lifestyle that New Zealand is famous for!

We are seeking a Consultant in Emergency Medicine to work in a rural hospital in Thames (pronounced “Tems”), a small coastal community which is also the gateway to the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island.

  • Enjoy the unspoilt coastline and some of NZ’s most popular holiday spots
  • Explore the townships and beaches of Hahei, Whitianga, Cathedral Cove, Matarangi, New Chums, Whangamata, Tairua & Pauanui
  • 90 minute easy driving to Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga cities
  • Diving, paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, fishing, sailing, hiking and cycling trails…

The Role:

  • The ED is a modern 15-bed unit, with a 2 bay resuscitation area
  • They see approx 18,000 patients per year
  • Supported by 24/7 laboratory and radiology services, including CT
  • Accredited training site for rural medicine registrars
  • Telehealth is developing fast, with tele ward rounds and consultations
  • Interest in working in a rural setting and multidisciplinary teamworking


The township of Thames has a population of 7,500 and offers true work-life balance and an opportunity to become part of the local community.

The Emergency Department is staffed by an eclectic team of doctors – rural specialists, emergency medical officers and emergency specialists. They assess all patients presenting acutely to the hospital and treat or admit as required.

The Hospital

Thames Hospital (54 bed) is a fully modernised rural and secondary hospital, with a catchment population of 45,000.  The tertiary referral centre is Waikato Hospital in Hamilton which is 90 mins drive away and offers a full range of specialist services for referral. 

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand, delivering services to a population of approx 400,000. There are five hospital sites within the district - a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames (where this role is based), and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$180,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on the level of experience; On-call calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Location
The Coromandel Peninsula is a holiday destination of choice for Kiwis, many of whom maintain holiday homes here all year round. As a result the population significantly swells across the region to over 150,000 in summer (December to March) and the vibe is relaxed yet bustling with activity. The subtropical/ oceanic climate and stunning natural landscapes makes this an outdoor enthusiast’s haven. There are annual music concerts with world-famous music acts playing at local vineyards - tickets sell super fast and it’s always the best gig of the year.

Enjoy weekend trips exploring the rest of the peninsula, with beautiful little towns such as Hahei, Tairua, Pauanui, Whitianga, all popular holiday spots.

The township of Thames overlooks the Firth and the Hauraki Gulf, it faces west so enjoys spectacular sunsets every night. It has a lively café culture and there is a real artistic vibe here. The rich gold mining history and historical buildings from NZ’s pioneering days makes it a drawcard for steampunk aficionados. There are also multiple sports clubs, a community library and good primary and secondary schools. There is also a regular farmers market showcasing fresh local produce and inspired by the region’s idyllic setting, many artists have made their home here - visitors to the area are welcome in their studios. 

See a snapshot of the Coromandel lifestyle here

Auckland International Airport is an easy 90-minute drive away.

Requirements for this role

Ideally, you will hold FACEM (Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine) or FDRHM (Fellow of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine) and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications in Emergency Medicine (or Rural Hospital Medicine) from either the UK (via CCT), Australia (FACEM), or USA (American Board Certified) that will enable specialist registration with Medical Council of New Zealand via the Provisional Vocational registration (long term) pathway or Locum Tenens (short term, up to 12 months) registration pathway.

If successful, we can assist with the medical registration and facilitate the work visa. 

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