Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Invercargill, Stunning South Island

Head Medical
Invercargill (Territorial authority), Southland (NZ)
Very Competitive
17 Sep 2020
15 Oct 2020
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

New Year, New Job, New Lifestyle… New Zealand 2021

We're seeking an experienced Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for the Child, Adolescent and Family Service in Invercargill in the stunning South Island.

  • Grab the skis and mountain bikes and head down South!
  • Permanent or Fixed Term (12 months minimum)
  • FRANZCP or equivalent qualifications, e.g. FRCPsych/ MRCPsych with CCT
  • Treat patients up to age 18 and their families
  • Work with one other CAMHS Psychiatrist and be part of the on-call roster
  • Make a positive difference with both patients and colleagues
  • Explore Queenstown, Wanaka, Fiordland, Stewart Island and The Catlins
  • Enjoy ski-ing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseriding, golfing, snowboarding… and more!


Consultants in New Zealand are well-remunerated and enjoy good working conditions and an excellent work-life balance. Invercargill is a great place to really appreciate the benefits of balancing work and family life. 

So, if you’ve been thinking about making a lifestyle change and New Zealand has been on top of your bucket list, why not explore the benefits of living in the beautiful South Island, Invercargill-style?

The Role

In this role, you will have the opportunity to work with patients up to the age of 18 and their families, providing integrated care throughout their journey through the healthcare system. You will see a wide range of presentations, providing clinics in the main base in Invercargill as well as in their rural clinics.  You will find the team to be supportive and includes experienced Registered Nurses and Allied Health staff.

For this role, you will have specialist experience in Child and Adolescent psychiatry and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care.

In addition, you will also have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to medical students, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment to contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $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

Invercargill is a lovely spot and is known as “The Friendly City” – and it really is, with its clean air and wide-open spaces, a welcoming community and a modern hospital. If you are Consultant looking to start or continue your specialist career, Southland Hospital provides supportive colleagues and prospects for progression.

Invercargill has real character, with its wide roads and heritage buildings reflecting the history of the city. For a small city, there’s a lot going on. Locals love their downtime and with short commutes to work and no traffic jams, life just feels more relaxed.

The local airport has daily flights to Christchurch and Wellington international airports, making international connections really easy.

Southland is a diverse geographic region comprising of wild, rugged coastlines, two national parks including the awe-inspiring Fiordland which features a number of New Zealand's internationally renowned ' Great Walks', i.e Milford, Greenstone and Caples tracks. If you enjoy wildlife, visit the Catlins for the yellow-eyed penguins and rare Hector’s Dolphins. Stewart Island is a charter flight or a boat ride away and so tranquil and virtually untouched, it remains one of the few places in NZ where you can see Kiwi birds at night in their natural habitat…but only if you stay quiet, they’re very shy.

Oreti Beach is a nice place to sit and watch the waves crash in or walk along its beautiful shores. If adventure is more your style, then it’s only a short distance to New Zealand’s international adventure playground in Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with premier ski resorts, bungy jumping, heli-skiing, mountain biking, paragliding, sky diving…

With its temperate oceanic climate, you do get a real sense of summer and winter, which means you can enjoy a range of pastimes on the water or on the slopes. In high summer they can experience 23 – 28c degree days. Just because you’re down south, it doesn’t mean it’s always cold!

Although if the cold is something you happily embrace, Invercargill is also a stop off point for international Antarctic expeditions and an easy drive to the snowy slopes. Southland Hospital also maintains staff holiday homes in Queenstown, Te Anau and Arrowtown, so you and the family can explore all these wonderful locations.

See more of Southland here(3:22mins video clip)

Medical Registration Requirements

Ideally, you will hold FRANZCP and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either UK (via FRCPsych/ MRCPsych and CCT), Australia (FRANZCP), Canada (FRCPSC), or the USA (American Board Certified) that will enable specialist registration with Medical Council of New Zealand via the Provisional Vocational (long term) pathway or Locum Tenens (short term, up to 12 months) pathway.

These are the two specialist pathways for Psychiatrists in NZ and we can assist with medical registration and facilitate the visa, if successfully appointed.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

From 1st November 2017, all relevant qualifications must be verified by ECFMG using the EPIC system on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  

If you are committed to working in New Zealand, we encourage doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Candidates are invited to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly with you. 

Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.