Great Barrier Island - 480058

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Start date:
As soon as possible

• Unique, rural, island setting 
• Small population
• Subsidised housing


This remote practice is looking for a replacement GP to join their team providing cradle to grave primary health care.  You will be working in tandem with the other two permanent GPs (both part-time, totalling one full-time equivalent). The position will begin as fixed-term with a view to permanent.  Working an average of three days per week on a four week negotiable roster, each GP is on-call 1:2, with call-outs usually infrequent due to the low population on the island.  It is a 35 minute helicopter ride for emergency casualties to the nearest hospital, Auckland. You will be resourceful with a broad skill base including emergency experience, and have the ability to work within a great multidisciplinary team comprising three rural nurse specialists, three rural nurses, a practice manager and two administrators.

The modern health centre, in the centre of the island, has three consulting rooms and a nurses’ station. The practice is well equipped having a short-stay room, x-ray, laboratory and minor surgery services available on-site.  A ‘nurses’ cottage’ clinic lies an hour away at the north end of the island which the rural nurses staff 24/7.


Relocation assistance can be negotiated and for your first year you can expect free housing, including furniture. Thereafter the practice offers you subsided housing, either a 2 or a 3 bedroom fully-furnished house. The practice will cover the cost of your medical registration, medical indemnity insurance and a work 4WD vehicle.


Great Barrier Island is a 30 minute flight east of Auckland (or a 5 hour barge ride) where you can have your own slice of heaven in this picturesque setting.  It’s a popular island with forest ranges, white beaches and flourishing plant and bird life. With a population of less than 1000 people, the community is tight knit and everyone looks out for each other. There’s everything you need from grocery stores, chemist, dentist, library, churches and diving/fish shops.  Children are catered for with a Play Centre and three primary schools.  High school brings the options of either correspondence or excellent boarding schools off-island.  The island life brings a host of activities including surfing, snorkelling, fishing, abseiling,  walking in native forests and horse trekking to name a few!

Every year the Great FitzRoy Mussel Fest celebrates the local mouth-watering delicacy, the Great Barrier Garden Tour exhibits the island's beautiful residential gardens and for those who like to keep active there’s the Wharf to Wharf Marathon where participants walk, run or cycle across the island.

Discover more about the unique and rural life that awaits you here

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