Working at Taranaki Base Hospital Radiology Department

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki is seeking the services of a permanent full-time general radiologist to work in our department at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki radiology services offer a full range of high tech imaging facilities and is committed to providing the highest standard of care to patients. General X-ray services are offered throughout Taranaki, with specialised imaging such as CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and interventional procedures carried out in New Plymouth.

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Job Vacancy

Taranaki Base Hospital, New Plymouth
Permanent, full time

  • Do you want to work for an employer known for their focus on employee wellness?
  • Would you like to work with a passionate and innovative team?
  • Come join us in beautiful Taranaki

New Plymouth was named the most liveable city, for a population between 75,000-150,000, by the International Awards for Liveable Communities

Why Taranaki?

Taranaki boasts some of New Zealand’s most iconic natural landscapes including Mt Taranaki and many adventure activities. The rugged and wild coastline is home to more than 12 world-class surf breaks. Taranaki is a place where you can ski and surf in the same day.  For a more relaxing experience, there are many walks (bush, coastal or mountain) as well as   art trails, festivals and award-winning museums and galleries and a thriving café culture. Go to to read more information about Taranaki.

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki is a large organisation operating in the exciting, changing Health sector. To hear more about our culture view the video on our careers page.

About the role

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki is seeking the services of a permanent full-time general radiologist to work in our department at Taranaki Base Hospital. You would be working as part of a dynamic team with nine other radiologists. The department offers;

  • General Xray
  • CT
  • MRI
  • Intervention
  • Angiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Fluoroscopy

All modalities are state of te art, with CT, MRI, and ultrasound all upgraded in 2022. An integrated regional RIS/PACS is in use.
If you are looking for an opportunity to challenge yourself and take on a leadership role, we have the following leadership opportunities available in the department:

  • Director of Training - Te Whatu Ora Taranaki are in the process of becoming and accredited training facility with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology. We are seeking a Consultant Radiologist to lead the training programme.
  • Clinical Lead Breast Radiology
  • Clinical Lead MRI

About you

You will possess essential skills that include plain film, ultrasound, CT, and MRI reporting.

Desirable skills would include sub-specialty interest in any of: musculoskeletal MRI; general interventional radiology (no intracranial work); CT colonography; cardiac CT, or nuclear medicine. 

Ideally you will hold vocational registration from the Medical Council of new Zealand ,or be eligible for such registration holding recognised post-graduate qualifications from another country.

You may be eligible for relocation assistance and a generous continuing education allowance and days.

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For further information, please contact Dr Ryan Walklin, Head of Department:

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Our organisation

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki is a large organisation (2,200 staff) operating in the exciting, changing Health sector to a population of 117,561 people. We have two hospitals - Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth and Hāwera Hospital in Hāwera. There are health centres at Stratford, Opunake, Waitara, Mokau and Patea.

Work is currently underway at Taranaki Base Hospital to build a brand-new Radiology department and satellite services within the hospital.

See more about Project Maunga, Base Hospital Redevelopment here.

Live and work in a region like no other

In Taranaki, it is easy to achieve an enviable lifestyle without having to compromise your career path. The region’s amazing mountain, rivers, lakes, fantastic coastline and outstanding surfing and tramping opportunities, masses of parks and gardens, as well as a major events calendar, make it a great place to live and work.

Click here to see more about our region.

Our Values

Partnership / Whanaungatanga We work together to achieve our goals.
Courage / Manawanui We have the courage to do what is right.
Empowerment / Mana Motuhake We support each other to make the best decisions.
People matter / Mahakitanga We value each other, our patients and whānau.
Safety / Manaakitanga We provide excellent service in a safe and trusted environment.

Our staff

Sarah Caswell - Radiology Manager

It’s the people that make my job and no day is the same - the variability across the modalities make for constant learning. I’ve worked with amazing teams and met many interesting characters. I love being able to help patients on their journeys, pass on knowledge to our students and learning from my peers.

When you start working here, you feel as though your family has suddenly increased. The radiology team is so warm and welcoming it makes the transition easy. This sentiment goes across the entire organisation.

Outside of work I enjoy exploring the region with my family and dogs, I like the fresh air, quick commutes, beaches and the mountain on my doorstep. There are plenty of social events, great eateries and breweries and it’s a fantastic place to bring up kids – there’s a freedom you just don’t experience in bigger areas.

Ryan Walklin - Head of Department, Consultant Radiologist

Our family and I have only been in Taranaki for a year but it already feels like home. This is a very unique place which combines the broad variety and challenge of an acute hospital with the collegiality, flexibility and relaxed atmosphere of a small centre.

The Taranaki lifestyle is also incredible, the beach is only ever a few minutes away and the coffee is great! There is always something to do with the kids (and the dog!), and the mountain is very accessible.

The hospital and community are easy to work with and grateful for our care, and it is a real privilege to serve them.

Erin Loveridge - Medical Imaging Tech Team Leader

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki is a bit like “Cheers” – where everyone knows your name. It’s nice to be treated as part of the team where most will greet you in the hallway. Taranaki Base Hospital has to be one of the friendlier hospitals I’ve worked for.

No two days are the same, the variety of work - theatre, angiography, emergency medical imaging all provide their own challenges. The patients and staff are awesome as well.

Taranaki has everything! Multiple amazing beaches and a mountain only minutes away. It’s even the sunniest place in the country.

In my spare time I’m an avid baker (I was part of the winning team of the Te Whatu Ora Taranaki Christmas Bake-off for people’s choice and best health themed) and I also volunteer as a radio operator for Taranaki Coastguard.

Salome Lingenfelder - Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear Medicine imaging demonstrates the function of the organs or structures in the body on al cellular level, so every day and every patient brings something new. Nuclear Medicine is an exciting and ever-changing field with a lot of new advances, such as the addition of CT to obtain dual-modality information.

From day one, I realised that Taranaki is all about community, even in the workplace. The Radiology team is open to ideas and helping each other out. You never feel lost here.

Taranaki is breath-taking, with the beach on your doorstep, Mt Taranaki, the sunsets as a beautiful backdrop, and that is why I love long walks on the beach or exploring all the walking trails.

Last updated: Thursday, May 25, 2023

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