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​Palmerston North Hospital Medical Officer, Alcohol & Other Drugs Service (VID: 5870)

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Location: Palmerston North Hospital
Service: Mental Health Services
Position Type: Medical
Appointment Type: Permanent/Fulltime
Close Date: 16/01/2022
MidCentral DHB requires ALL its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. To comply with the recent health order, applicants must have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 15 November 2021 AND their second dose no later than 1 January 2022. We are not accepting applications that do not meet this criteria.

MidCentral District Health Board actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve.

MidCentral District Health Board welcomes applications from Medical Officers with experience in Addiction Medicine.

This full time position is within our Alcohol & Other Drug Service based on the Palmerston North campus. The position covers the MidCentral District Health Board area with an urban and rural population of approximately 168,000.   This is a key position offering the successful candidate the opportunity to join our existing AOD service medical staff and to take a role in ongoing service development. We are particularly interested to hear from you if you have an interest in supporting the development of services to best meet the needs of clients who have co existing substance misuse and mental health disorders. Our overall philosophy is encompassed by a commitment to harm reduction. 

Our client base is approximately 600 with approximately two thirds on the Opioid Substitution Treatment programme and a third on the Generic Programme. We operate as a multi-disciplinary team that includes Medical Officers, Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, Alcohol and Other Drug Practitioners and Registered Nurses.

** Due to recent increased recruitment we are temporarily in the position of requiring to restrict applications to those who hold full general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) or hold full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

If you are interested in this position but do not meet this criteria and would like to be advised when we are in a position to reopen applications to outside Australasia please feel free to e-mail your contact details to

For further details please contact Anita Roberts, Recruitment Coordinator (phone) +64 6 350 8849.

MidCentral District Health Board employs more than 2500 staff at Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua and Horowhenua and Otaki districts.
Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital, which services an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of 168,000. In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.
Palmerston North is a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures. Wellington the capital city, is only a two hour journey by road, as are the wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.


For further information:
Human Resources
Private Bag 11036
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

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General information about Palmerston North Hospital.