Your Entitlements

Covid-19 Pandemic Emergency Roving Locums (PERL)


To be eligible for a funded locum placement through the PERL scheme, your practice will have been directly affected by the current Delta outbreak. This may be through being in a cluster area or due to the impact of having to substantially change the way you are operating with setting up testing or vaccination clinics or the impact on your staff numbers.

All applications will be assessed on a case by case basis, the support will predominantly be in the form of funding for a locum doctor, nurse practitioner, or other staff member for up to 2 weeks. It can also include the costs of their accommodation and travel.

Please complete this application form to let us know about your practice and what you need.

All applications will be reviewed by an Application Assessment Panel.

If your PERL application is not accepted, we may still be able to assist you through our usual NZLocums recruitment schemes. Please contact us directly on 0800 695628 to find out how we can help you.

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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