Palliative Medicine Specialist

Hamilton (Territorial authority), Waikato (NZ)
18 Jan 2021
15 Feb 2021
Contract Type

Palliative Medicine Specialist

Waikato Hospital

We are seeking outstanding and experienced palliative medicine specialists to join our progressive team of Palliative Medicine Specialists. We currently have part-time and full 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 an exciting time for the service as it is about to undergo transformation in the way it works.  We are looking for a candidate keen to help us implement the recommendations of the recent DHB wide palliative care review. The Palliative Care department currently reports within the Division of Oncology. 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.

Hospice Waikato is the main community palliative care provider to the region comprising a 10-bed inpatient unit along with Rainbow Place, NZ’s only specialist Children’s Hospice facility. Hospice Waikato also provides an at home service, a rural outreach programme, plus outpatient clinics. Patients and family/whanau of Hospice have access to a full range of psychosocial and spiritual support through illness and bereavement.  

The SMO will spend quality time on both sites. The 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. There is a requirement for Vocational registration or the potential vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Please contact Anna Armstrong, Clinical Director for further information.

Required skills & experience:

We are looking for someone with qualifications, training, experience or interests related to Palliative Care. This is a 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.

Why us:

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. We run five hospitals across the district – a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver 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 serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

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

Learn more about living in the mighty Waikato here

Your application:

Please apply directly on our website which can be accessed via the apply click button. Applications are not able to be accepted via email. For any queries about the role please contact Jamé Hendricks in the Recruitment Team 

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.

Position Description

Application closing date: Until filled


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