Palliative Medicine Specialist

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role 

0.6 FTE (with room for negotiation), permanent, part-time rostered or fixed term. This role mixes on floor, off floor and on call duties in line with a provincial community hospice service. 

We are seeking an outstanding and experienced Palliative Medicine specialist to join our progressive team of 5 (2.2 FTE) experienced medical officers and one 0.6 FTE vocational specialist. 

Kei whea to wahi mahi - Where you will be working: 

Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki inpatient service and community care service, New Plymouth.

E pā ana ki a tatou - About us 

Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki is the only specialist community palliative care provider to the Taranaki region. Our hospice comprises of a 5-bed inpatient unit on site, combined with an impressive community care service. We serve a population of 123000 patients with a monthly average of 220 patients based around our Maunga, Mount Taranaki. 

We remain pivoted to community-delivered care as our focus, in particular to improving access to optimal palliative care for patients in our rural areas. Care is delivered through home visits, rural outreach clinics and consult support to GPs/rural medicine specialists/nurse practitioners and the aged care sector, using both face-to-face and virtual means of communication.

We also provide out of hours phone consult palliative care advice and support to the Taranaki Base Hospital, based only 300 yards away from our hospice.

Taranaki has unique geography and population. Work will take you from the metropolitan centre of New Plymouth to the very rural areas of South Taranaki, around the Maunga and up to Mokau to the North.

Our hospice has a vibrant and friendly staff covering the key disciplines of Palliative Care.  Patients and whānau under hospice services, have access to a full range of psychosocial and spiritual support through illness and bereavement. 

Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki has a strong education ethos, working hard to build learning and improve care both internally and with other community providers. 

As a medical specialist we would support you to be involved in regular teaching of visiting medical students, Paramedicine students from AUT and GPEP GP registrars and staff within the organisation amongst others. There would also be the opportunity to provide joint supervision of our full-time rotating PGY2 community-based attachment at our hospice.

The successful applicant will be employed by Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki as a Senior Medical Officer with generous vacation and CME leave. Stipends are provided for conference leave as well as relocation expenses. Commencement of the position is by mutual agreement, but would be available from January 2023 onwards.

A choice to live in the Taranaki presents an enviable lifestyle, with a vibrant city, endless surfing beaches and an awe-inspiring Maunga/mountain backdrop. 

Requirements for applicants

  • Vocationally registered in Palliative Medicine with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • FAChPM or equivalent qualification and be able to register for vocational registration with the MCNZ 
  • Work in collaboration with multidisciplinary team 
  • Exemplary communication skills
  • Able to provide consistently high standards of medical care 
  • Relevant experience and training 

At Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki we embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, including all gender identities, ages, ethnicities,  orientations, disability and religions. We wish our workforce to reflect the community that we serve.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply:

For further information regarding this opportunity we invite you to contact; 

Paul Lamb
Chief Executive Officer
Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki 
New Plymouth
Taranaki, New Zealand 
Phone: 027 566 4866 | Email: