Consultant Psychiatrist - Dunedin

2021-12-13 to 2022-01-09
Job Number
Southern District Health Board
Work Type
Full Time
Closing Date
Job Description
Adult Rural Community Mental Health , Emergency Psychiatric and Acute Inpatient Services
Dunedin and surrounding areas
1.8 FTE Permanent
Southern DHB covers the largest geographical catchment of all the DHB's in New Zealand. We proudly strive to provide top quality healthcare to our diverse patient population and we are recruiting for a Consultant Psychiatrist based at Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals.

Incorporating yourself into both our Acute Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatric Service, Rural Community Mental Health teams this role involves the assessment and treatment formulation while working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team (MDT) and engaging with the wider mental health and addictions sector.

About Southern DHB

Dunedin Hospital is the Tertiary Hospital for our district, and enjoys a close relationship with the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Dunedin School of Medicine. This gives our staff ready access to continuing professional development and provide training to students. In addition to enjoying a varied workload and an exceptional quality of life, you can look forward to a culture where staff are included, valued and respected for their expertise.

About the departments

Our 16 bed open plan Acute Inpatient ward, provides care for the full range of general adult mental health disorders. Here you will work alongside experienced clinical staff and become an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. The Inpatient service has strong clinical relationships with all parts of the Mental Health Service and operates as part of an integrated model of care to provide a comprehensive and seamless service to the population of the Southern District Health Board.

The Rural Community Mental Health teams provide a range of specialist mental health services in the community for example child and adolescent services and addictions. A multidisciplinary team of health professionals provides a range of services for all people who experience significant mental illness or distress.

On the other hand, our Emergency Psychiatric Service provides around the clock urgent crisis assessments and interventions for consumers of all ages. A mobile service you will use consumer assessments to establish acuity and decide on further treatments or interventions.

Please contact us to discuss any of these options

About you

In both areas you'll be an integral and valued member of a multidisciplinary team that ensures we provide our clients with assertive follow-up by maintaining contact with individuals through the key worker system. You will have a personal commitment to maintaining high standards of practice and an unequivocal dedication to working as part of a team. Your ability to provide clinical leadership and reliable medical input to the multi-disciplinary team is pivotal to the position and previous general adult experience in either an inpatient or community setting is essential.

You will have a strong commitment to service user and family / whanau inclusion in service delivery and a focus on recovery.You will also have a sound understanding and commitment to biculturalism.You will have a demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development and providing training to students at all levels.

You will be required to participate on an on call roster providing after hours coverage for the Otago part of the wider Southern DHB district. Fellowship with the RANZCP or equivalent is essential and you must be eligible for registration with the NZ Medical Council.


Dunedin is a great little city with a big town feel and well-known for its Southern Hospitality. If you're considering a move down South feel free to talk to us about the job, the good schools, the University of Otago, and the recreational potential which Dunedin and its surrounds possess.

We will be screening applications before the closing date to ensure we can start interviewing once the role closes on Sunday, 9 January 2022 but this may be closed earlier.

For job description or further information please contact, Agatha Chen, Recruitment Advisor - Senior Medical Officers with your CV. Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email: [email protected]

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

Occupational health assessment
Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID 19 by 1 December 2021, as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to ensure you have received at least one vaccination before starting work, and be fully vaccinated, as required by the order, by 1 January 2022.

To apply

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