Your journey starts here! NZLocums Orientation Course

Get the best introduction to New Zealand's health system.

Whether you are attending this informative three-day Orientation independently, or through our recruitment service, the monthly course is suitable for both overseas GPs, and Practice Nurses.

The “Orientation for overseas trained GPs and Practice Nurses” has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 17.5 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

Contact us to enquire about our Orientation Course.


NZLocums & NZMedJobs is the only organisation in New Zealand providing a comprehensive orientation course tailor-made for internationally trained doctors who are coming to work in New Zealand. This is a three-day course which runs monthly. The venue is the NZLocums’ office in Wellington.

All doctors who are coming from overseas are encouraged to attend Orientation before they begin practising. Registration information can be found here. Internationally trained doctors who are recruited by NZLocums & NZMedJobs will be enrolled to the course as part of their arrival package.

The Orientation offers presentations on a wide range of the New Zealand health system. The selection of topics covered includes:

  • Introduction to general practice in New Zealand
  • Overview of rural nurse’s role in New Zealand
  • Resuscitation workshop
  • PHARMAC (Pharmaceutical Management Agency of NZ)
  • Taxes – your obligations
  • Work and Income
  • Medical Protection Society
  • ACC (New Zealand’s no-fault accident cover for NZ residents and visitors to New Zealand)
  • Medtech32 training (New Zealand’s main patient information system)
  • Māori culture, Treaty of Waitangi, and Māori health outcome and equity
  • Mental health initiatives
  • Driving in New Zealand

Accommodation in Wellington can be arranged through us.

December orientation attendees in front of NZLocums banner
Doctors from UK, USA, Canada, Spain, The Netherlands and Denmark attended December Orientation in Wellington, New Zealand

There are many things in Wellington to entertain your family whilst you are attending the course – all located within a short stroll from your hotel:

Te Papa, NZ’s national museum

The Museum of Wellington City and Sea

Wellington’s Botanical Gardens

Current and upcoming special attractions

Orientation to a new practice

Once you arrive at your practice, it is expected that you will receive a practice-specific orientation to get to know the local set up and team.

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