Amuri Health care is situated in Rotherham village in North Canterbury. The practice has just on 1900 enrolled patients and is growing in line with the small population increase. The Amuri district covers the inland rural hinterland lying between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura to the north, and south to the Hurunui river.

The practice is owned and operated by a community trust. Purpose built modern and spacious premises were opened in 2011.

The present GP staffing is about 1.5 FTEs, supported by experienced and capable practice nurses, and competent reception and administration staff. Amuri Health Care also provides the district nursing service for most of the whole Hurunui district.

The present vacancy has arisen as the long serving GP has moved towards semi-retirement, although he will still be running periodic specialist clinics and providing locum services. There are no on call requirements.

Amuri Health Care is one of four community trust owned and operated medical practices in the Hurunui District. Together with the privately-owned Amberley medical centre, the four trusts cooperate in the provision of primary health acre services across the whole Hurunui district. In conjunction with the Waitaha PHO and the Canterbury District Health Board, all five practices are developing a “Hurunui Model of Care” as a vehicle for further enhancements.

The Rotherham village is a small population centre on the inland highway to Kaikoura. In addition to the medical practice it has a hotel, a traditional general store, a beautiful small primary school, and an outdoor community pool. It is hard to imagine a nicer locality in which to raise a young family. Older children travel a short bus ride to the local secondary school in Culverden. Everything in Rotherham is within walking distance, and the permanent doctor can live in a trust supplied modern four-bedroom house with a large fully developed and fenced section, just down the road from the medical centre.

Amuri Health Care will offer:

  • Highly competitive salary and rent-free use of the doctor’s house in Rotherham.
  • Fringe benefits in terms of professional fees and insurance are negotiable, as well as conference leave and training opportunities.
  • If appropriate a vehicle can be incorporated into any remuneration package by way of a salary sacrifice.

As a Monday to Friday practice the position is best suited to a fulltime doctor. However, a four day a week position is possible for the right candidate. Ideally candidates should be FRANZCP.

The position offered would seem to be ideal for a younger doctor seeking to pay off student debt while caring for a young family. Alternatively the recreational and touring opportunities possible from Rotherham may well appeal to an older empty nester GP who would like to rent out a high value urban home for a couple of years or more enjoying an extended working holiday exploring the top half of the South Island and appreciating a relaxing rent free rural lifestyle.

Confidential enquires can be made to Paul Wylie, Practice Manager Amuri Health Care, email paulwylie@amurihc.co.nz or if you would just like a chat about the possibilities call 0274 445 647.