Your Entitlements

Covid-19 Pandemic Emergency Roving Locums (PERL)


Working with the Ministry of Health during the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network have negotiated additional funding to support critical locum support for practices directly impacted.

This initiative will include the whole of the practice team: GPs, NPs, practice nurses and Practice Managers. It is particularly targeted to the smaller, remote rural practices that have been directly impacted by Covid-19 due to being located in an identified cluster area or have existing identified chronic workforce shortages.

While priority will be given to assist this group of practices, NZLocums& NZMedJobs welcome requests for assistance from any of our rural general practice teams.

Support for the small, remote rural practices will include funding to pay for the locum, their accommodation and transport/mileage to and from the practice.

Requests for assistance from other practices will be dealt with on a case by case basis, with the level of support available depending on the initial take up by the target group.

Each application will be considered by an application assessment panel. We reserve the right to deal with all applications on a case by case basis, tailoring the support as appropriate.

Use this link to express your interest or apply for locum support through this scheme.

Rural locum support service

All rural GPs are eligible to access locum cover for two weeks per annum (per FTE).

The practice will need to pay the locum and provide accommodation and a vehicle.  The locum is employed as a contractor through NZLocums & NZMedJobs.  As we are a not-for-profit organisation we pass on the cost of paying the locum at the same rate at which the locum is paid.

Please note that we do not charge the practice any recruitment fees or commission however we do charge a payroll administration fee.  Please contact one of our Relationship Managers to find out more.

We pride ourselves on our service, however due to fluctuations in supply and demand for locums, we may not always be able to provide a locum at the time you need them.  We will do our utmost to ensure we find a mutually suitable time so you can take your break.

Rural Recruitment Service

This scheme provides a national service for rural general practitioners for the following situations:

  • Recruitment for permanent positions
  • Bridging recruitment solutions for filling a gap until your new permanent general practitioner arrives.
  • Hotspot cover – where an unplanned or unresolved recruitment problem has arisen.

To ascertain your rural ranking eligibility you will need to contact your District Health Board for further information.

Quality of our locums

Our team of experienced medical recruiters source New Zealand qualified and international medical graduates to work with us on contract.  We facilitate Medical Council registration requirements and arrange supervision for the locum if necessary.

Each locum candidate is fully reference checked and vetted by our service before being placed with a rural practice.  When an internationally qualified locum arrives in New Zealand for the first time they attend a CME accredited Orientation course run by us which covers many areas including ACC, Work and Income, Medtech32, cultural competence, the New Zealand health system and its funding streams.

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