Working in New Zealand

Working as a General Practitioner in New Zealand has so much to offer.  Come for our stunning scenery, a relaxed lifestyle, clean environment, an unsurpassed range of recreational activities, great food and wine, a unique culture,  friendly communities – as well as interesting and varied clinical work.

If you want a change of scenery and a better work life balance for you and your family NZLocums & NZMedJobs can offer:

  • Fixed-term opportunities
  • Long-term options – duration flexible
  • Permanent placements

Our service is free

Our service is free to candidates and to New Zealand general practices who need to recruit a locum or secure a permanent appointment.  We are the only free rural recruitment service that can offer you placements across the whole of New Zealand.

If you are an overseas-trained General Practitioner (Family Physician), please use the side-bar navigation tabs to see the steps that we assist you with to enable you to come and work in New Zealand. We will be there for you every step of the way.

A recording of the webinar, “Working in New Zealand – Introduction”, is also a good resource to understand the processes and requirements you’ll need to meet.

Working as a General Practitioner in rural New Zealand

There are many reasons why New Zealand-registered GPs choose to work in a rural practices.

Some have a passion for delivering health care to small communities and the range of varied and interesting clinical work.  The rural lifestyle and slower pace of life is appealing to many, as is the opportunity to take a break from the stresses of managing a practice.  Working as a rural locum is a wonderful way of discovering remote and beautiful parts of New Zealand. And, if you are taking up a permanent position, you can match where you work with your lifestyle interests.

Whatever your reason for wanting to work in a rural practice, NZLocums can help.

We can offer New Zealand-registered General Practitioners the following opportunities:

  • a short-term change of scenery or a working holiday as a locum
  • the opportunity to get away from the stresses of managing a practice and become a ‘roving’ locum
  • long-term locum work
  • permanent placements

Rural primary health care in New Zealand

Rural primary health care in New Zealand is delivered predominantly by medical practitioners in private general practices.  Other providers include public health organisations, trusts, and groups working together with their communities.

Rural general practices range from sole practitioner practices to larger practices with up to six or seven General Practitioners.  The practice team includes rural nurse specialists, receptionists and allied health workers.

Payment is fee-for-service, with some government subsidies.

Services available vary with location.  It is the rural health practitioner’s responsibility to find out what is available and refer patients to the services they need.

There are about 200 rural general (family) practices in New Zealand.  They can be found in small towns close to major rural centres or in remote settlements located in the most beautiful places in New Zealand, with mountains, beaches, lakes or rivers at the doorstep.  All practices are within 90 minutes drive of a major town or city.

The country’s District Health Boards are responsible for providing or buying government-funded health care services for regional populations.  Health policy is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health.

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