Locum positions are ideally suited to doctors who have completed their vocational training. We have found applicants who have completed UK and Canadian training schemes to be well grounded in the clinical skills required. Candidates wishing to apply should register their interest if possible six months before intending to commence practice. If you are interested in applying for a locum position at Dargaville Medical, please contact us.

Time off is flexible and arranged according to the number of doctors available. We usually arrange accomodation, initially in the form of a furnished rented house for which you would pay the rental. You would be required to purchase or hire a car, and we can also assist in arranging this.

Dargaville is situated near a large surf beach, ideal for surfing and fishing, and is close to a large harbour and inland lakes. In general, the area offers very good opportunities for outdoor recreation and we find that our locums enjoy a good lifestyle and find it professionally rewarding. The town is well-equipped with good schools, kindergartens and a child care centre.

Our group consists of 12 partners and we employ locums on both short and long-term contracts. We employ the equivalent of 8 full-time nurses, and operate from one of the country's first innovative total healthcare centres with both GP and hospital services based on the same site. This concept has proven to be highly successful since the practice moved to the site in January 2000. A comprehensive range of equipment is available and we are grateful to the local community, hospital and PHO for their contribution towards this. Many doctors have special interests which ensures the community has access to a wide range and depth of medical services without the need to travel. Special equipment includes slit-lamp for eye problems, latest dermalite for melanoma detection, Surgitron for minor surgery, latest ECG and defibrillator machines, emergency PRIME kits for call-outs to road traffic accidents.

Our practice is computerised, with network access (and broadband internet) available in all rooms. We use MedTech 32 to store and organise clinical records, laboratory results etc.