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Position Title: Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 0.8 FTE
Date Posted: 15/01/2020
Application Closing Date: 10/03/2020 11PM
Job #: 060505
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Forensic Psychiatrist

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin,


  • Additional Intellectual Disability opportunity
  • Great lifestyle
  • Flexible role
  • Career development opportunities


The Role

Our Regional Forensic Mental Health Service (RFMHS) provides forensic mental health input across the Otago and Southland Districts, with a  13 bed medium secure inpatient ward in Dunedin, forensic community teams and regional prison and court liaison services.  Depending on the area of work, typical duties may include inpatient or outpatient forensic care, court-ordered reports, prison clinics, providing regional liaison, and second opinions to colleagues.  The role therefore brings the challenge of providing a high level of mental health care across both urban and rural centres and the flexibility to work, develop and lead within your preferred area of forensic care.


The current configuration of this role is 0.8 FTE forensic psychiatry and 0.2 FTE intellectual disability.   The ID service is comprised of up to 12 medium secure inpatient and 4 step-down locked beds with regional and community liaison across a mixed general and forensic ID population.  Flexibility exists across the forensic and ID service FTE to potentially reconfigure this role.  Options may include continuing the current FTE split, discussing alternate FTE divisions or providing only general or forensic ID care within the 0.2 FTE. 


Ideally this will be a permanent appointment but we will consider applications for a fixed term appointment.


About You 

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 will be pivotal to your success in this role.  You’ll need to be committed to quality service delivery and development, and able to work effectively as a senior clinician within a multidisciplinary team.

You will have a strong commitment to service user and family / whānau inclusion in service delivery and a sound understanding and commitment to biculturalism. 


It is an expectation that you will be on the service-wide general psychiatry on-call roster (supporting the on-call registrar) and participate in professional development activities such as CPD groups, journal clubs and grand rounds.  With our strong links to the Otago Medical School you will be able to enjoy teaching medical students and registrars. Opportunities to be appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine also exist.


Fellowship with the RANZCP or the equivalent is essential and you must be eligible for vocational registration with Medical Council of New Zealand. We offer an attractive annual salary package based on skills and experience ranging from approximately NZD 175,000 to NZD 260,000 (pro rata) as well as full CME entitlement, superannuation and annual leave. We also offer an attractive relocation package. Senior registrars close to the end of training are welcome to apply.


About Southern DHB

Southern DHB, our DHB covers the largest geographical catchment of all the DHB’s in New Zealand. We proudly provide top quality healthcare to our population, 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 Dunedin

Dunedin is a city known for its southern hospitality and having some of New Zealand’s most famous scenery and holiday spots on its doorstep (Queenstown, Wanaka, Milford Sound, Stewart Island to name a few).  You can enjoy a diverse range of leisure activities from skiing to trout fishing, surfing, hiking or mountain biking just a stone’s throw from your door.  Dunedin has an abundance of amenities, educational (primary through tertiary) facilities, arts scene and cultural life. 


Closing Date:  Tuesday 10 March 2020


For further information please contact, Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor – Senior Medical Officers, Phone: +64 3 470 9604 or email:


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