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Medical Director, Department of General Medicine (H21_3921)

The Whanganui District Health Board (DHB) provides health services for the 69,000 people of the Whanganui region; a region that covers a total land area of 9742 square kilometres, much of which is sparsely populated. The main centre is Whanganui city which has a population of 46,944 and the main regional town of Marton which has a population of 5268. There are five smaller towns in the Whanganui region: Waiouru, Taihape, Bulls, Ohakune and Raetihi. The population of the Whanganui region is characterised by a large percentage of Māori at 27 percent of the population (compared to the New Zealand average of 15.7 percent) and small but growing populations of Pasifika and Asian people at four and five percent respectively.

Whanganui Hospital, located in Gonville, Whanganui, has 172 beds and provides children's health, maternity, surgical, medical, geriatric, and mental health services. There is an Emergency Department located at the hospital.

Whanganui DHB is seeking a Medical Director for its General Medicine Department as the current Medical Director retires in mid-2022. This person will have responsibility for leading a team of five other physicians to provide General Medicine services for the people of the Whanganui region. This is a significant leadership and change opportunity for the Whanganui DHB as there is a strong desire to change the model of care by which General Medicine services are provided. Currently the service utilises a two-tier approach with consultant physicians supported by house officers. There is a determination to introduce a registrar tier progressively over the next few years, alongside which will be the development of departmental protocols to ensure safe staffing and distribution of workload. There is the ability for individual consultants to develop informal sub-specialty interests consistent with a successful secondary care setting. The introduction of a registrar tier will require change to how the senior team operates in terms of weekly structure and team dynamics and will also require the underpinning culture of the department to be addressed as part of this change process.

The successful candidate will be strongly supported by the Whanganui DHB leadership, in particular by the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Management Unit, to achieve these outcomes. The role will provide the successful candidate with opportunities to grow as a leader while continuing to gather experience as a clinician and to develop their informal sub-specialty interests.

We invite qualified candidates to contact David Hughes or Pete Carter:

David, M: +64 (0)21 286 4470, or via email: dhughes@hardygroupintl.com

Pete, M: +61 (0)448 729 077, pcarter@hardygroupintl.com for a confidential discussion.



Applications Close: 30/01/2022