Doctor gives orientation course the thumbs up

Date published
15 Jun 2016

Finnish-based doctor Antti Hakkarainen rates NZLocums orientation course as “essential” for international doctors coming to New Zealand to work for the first time.

NZLocums focus is to recruit locum doctors and NPs, under a Ministry of Health contract, to rural practices throughout New Zealand. A part of the service is a monthly orientation course.

Before going to the Hokianga to work for eight months, Antti recently completed the three-day course which offers a comprehensive introduction to the working environment of the NZ health sector, including Medtech 32, ACC, IRD, Pharmac, Work and Income, banking and cultural components.

Courtesy of his girlfriend, who is a budding photographer, Antti emailed NZLocums some photos of their first adventures in NZ, and feedback about his first days on the job.

“The first week at work is finished and I’m feeling quite confident. The people working here at Hokianga Health are fantastic and I feel more than welcome. A powhiri ceremony was held on my first day. I gave a five minute speech to the community leaders and hospital staff, and also sang a Finnish song.

“It’s clear that the orientation course is essential before going to practice. I had two days of introduction but it was mostly filling forms, learning the local routines, Maori cultural competence and how to use my practice. Knowing about ACC, Work and Income etc. beforehand helps a lot.”

For more information about NZLocums orientation course click here.

Admiring the views on the tongariro crossing

Down at crater lake on the tongariro crossing

Annti's new home