Applying for a Registrar Post
Our annual application round for the 2019 year closed from 13 May, but you can still email Felicity at any time to ask if we have a post free or how to do a late application, as we usually do have one or two gaps.
Is psychiatry the right choice for you, and what are we looking for in a psychiatric registrar? Obviously, you need to be interested in people, in psychology and how the brain works. You need good communication and interpersonal skills and to speak and write English fluently. You need to be motivated and both clinically and academically competent, as RANZCP training is quite a demanding postgraduate course and the examinations are not easy. You need to be able to tolerate uncertainty and to be curious - psychiatry is fascinating and we don't fully understand the brain and the mind yet, so although there's a solid and growing evidence-base of research, there are plenty of unknowns. On a practical note, you need to be able to type well as all our services have electronic records. For on-call work you need to be able to drive and to have your own car - or to get one shortly after arriving here, if you're from overseas. And finally, although the College allows entry into training after PGY-1 year, the RDA mandates two houseofficer years before RMOs become registrars, so in practice two years as a houseofficer are needed before starting as a registrar in Auckland.
Whangarei and Auckland
Posts in Auckland
The employment process for psychiatric registrar posts in Auckland is centralised through the Director of Training and the NRA (Northern Regional Alliance - they handle RMO coordination and recruitment in Auckland). The NRA's website is www.aucklanddoctors.co.nz. If you make initial contact with the NRA Recruitment Consultant the Director of Training will be notified about your query. If you have specific questions, you can email the Director of Training directly. Our Administrator, Rosalynn, often plays an important role, liaising with applicants.
The main annual intake process occurs mid-year for 3 weeks in April, planning ahead for posts starting in early December, across all of the following year. There's a selection process with either a face-to-face or teleconferenced interview, in June. The Selection Panel consists of the Director of Training, a Training Facilitator, the training programme manager and a trainee representative, and a Recruitment representative from NRA. Our selection process covers both selection into RANZCP training, and also employment by the Auckland DHBs, via NRA. Unlike some other programmes, it's all handled together, not as separate processes.
We're a large programme so we almost always do have a vacancy and we're keen to recruit all the year round. Don't worry if you miss the main selection process application deadline as we schedule one-off interviews at other times, as needed. If you're applying other than in the main annual recruitment round in April, email the Director of Training with your CV, saying when you'd like to start. Most registrars start their posts in December, but some start mid-year, in June. If we have vacancies you can often start at another time if you're coming from overseas. Obviously it's somewhat difficult for a clinical team and supervisor if you need to have a late start while completing a post overseas before arriving here, but we may be able to locate a post that can cope with this. You'd have less choice as to your initial placements, however.
The stages in joining the Auckland part of the programme are thus:
Posts in Whangarei
You should start off the process by emailing or phoning the Northland Mental Health Services Clinical Director Dr Humberstone (+64-9-430-4100), who will involve their HR staff to assist with the practicalities. The Clinical Director will inform the programme's overall Director of Training who is based in Auckland, who will also make contact with you and arrange the necessary paperwork as above. Then there's a selection interview for RANZCP training, as above, organised by Rosalynn. Note that this is more of a two-stage process so if you definitely want a training post rather than a service post, you need to make sure that the selection-into-training process is also underway. The process for Whangarei is thus:
Should You Use an Employment Agency?
We'd rather you didn't, as agency fees are very costly to our DHBs so we have a non-agency recruitment policy. The Auckland NRA Recruitment Consultant or Northland HR staff can help you with the practical details about Registration and Immigration just as well as an agency.
Is there any assistance when travelling from overseas to take up a post in the programme?
Whangarei do sometimes offer relocation assistance when recruiting from overseas. You'd need to talk to the HR staff involved with your recruitment, to check the details. The Northland DHB careers website has a lot of useful immigration and relocation information, and details about life in Northland.
For registrars, the most useful resource is this guide for new recruits from NRA’s Auckland Doctor’s website. The Auckland DHBs provide practical help from NRA with your Registration and Immigration processes but they don't pay for airfares or other relocation costs. They do provide some advice and support though, about relocation to Auckland. Here's the ADHB relocation support site and the WDHB relocation page. These websites, and especially the NRA "New Start" guide, have helpful links and information about getting started in New Zealand, no matter which DHB your post is in.