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Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Full time
Expires in: EXPIRED
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Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

Wakari Hospital

Salary: ASMS MECA 2022 (NZD $170,369 - $250,560)

  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ (Permanent 1.0 FTE negotiable)
  • Close knit, supportive team
  • Additional Intellectual Disability opportunity

The SRFPS provides forensic mental health input across Otago and Southland and includes an adult 15-bedded medium secure inpatient ward and an 8-bedded secure Intellectual disability ward in Dunedin, the forensic and intellectual disability community teams and regional prison and court liaison services. Depending on the area of work, typical duties may include inpatient and outpatient forensic care, court-ordered reports, prison clinics and providing regional liaison and second opinions to colleagues.

Mō te tūranga - About the role

The current configuration of this role is 0.7 FTE forensic psychiatry and 0.3 FTE intellectual disability (ID) and we can tailor this role to offer flexibility to work.

Whilst you will work within a multi-disciplinary team and are responsible for the psychiatric assessment and care of patients, you will be taking a leading role in maintaining and enhancing our Mental Health Service. Your responsibilities will include assessment and treatment of the forensic adult and intellectual disability population.

You will be expected to be on the service-wide general psychiatry on-call roster (supporting the on-call registrar) which is currently 1:18 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. You will contribute to ongoing service improvement and workforce innovation.

To be successful 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.

Mōu ake - About you

Fellowship with the RANZCP or the equivalent is essential and ideally, you will already have a current registration with the NZ Medical Council

As a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, 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. As well as 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.

We also welcome applications from Advanced Trainees who are about to complete their final six months of training as a fellow with supervision or Psychiatrists interested in advanced training.

Mō mātou - About us

Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Ōtepoti - About Dunedin

Dunedin is a great little city with a big-town feel and is well-known for our southern hospitality. Our little gem boasts amazing scenery and wildlife; while being a university town we have the vibrant energy for concerts, wining and dining. It's one of the best places for families and if you are an empty nester this is the place to build a new lifestyle base. Many of our staff combine a hospital career with the care of lifestyle blocks, the pursuit of sporting or equestrian interests, viticulture or even farming.

Painga - Benefits

  • Supportive team
  • Flexible role
  • Work-life balance
  • Generous funding for CME
  • Generous relocation package
  • College and registration costs are included in your package

Utu whānui - Salary range

This role belongs to the ASMS Collective Agreement and falls between Step 1 ($170,369) and Step 15 ($250,560 p.a pro-rata)

Rā mōnehu - Closing date: Open.

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Tono ināianei - Apply now

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

We welcome any enquiries, and we would be happy to put you in touch with one of our forensic consultants for an informal conversation.

If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand - Southern, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

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-19 vaccination is expected for all workers at higher risk of workplace exposure to Covid-19 through face-to-face patient interaction, working in clinical areas and contact with potentially infectious materials and surfaces

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: