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General Practitioner

General Practitioner

Ochre Recruitment New Zealand specialises in locum and permanent placements for general practice roles across the country, with over fifteen years’ experience in matching doctors with positions that best suit them. We are well-versed in the pathways and processes involved in supporting overseas doctors to join our medical workforce.  Scroll down to see our GP locum jobs.


Comparable Pathway

If you are an International Medical Graduate from a comparable country, and/or have worked in general practice for a minimum of 30 hours per week for at least 33 out of the last 48 months in a comparable country and currently hold full registration, you are eligible to work in New Zealand under the Comparable Health System pathway. This type of registration will allow you to work as a non-vocationally registered general practitioner.


The eligible countries for Comparable Pathway are:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America.


*Please note that these are subject to change by the Medical Council of New Zealand.


Competent Authority:

If you hold a medical degree from the United Kingdom or Ireland and have completed your internship in the UK or Ireland you may be eligible for registration in New Zealand down the Competent Authority pathway.


Locum Tenens

If you hold one of qualifications listed below, you are eligible to work in New Zealand as a locum tenens specialist for up to twelve months. You are also eligible to apply for vocational registration which has no restriction on the time you can work in New Zealand. Qualification criteria can, however, change at the discretion of the New Zealand Medical Council at any time. Please feel free to contact your Ochre Recruitment consultant to check whether your qualifications are still current.


The approved specialist qualifications in General Practice are:

For both of the above: if obtained after 30 September 2005, your Fellowship or Membership qualification must be accompanied by a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) issued by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board


Another option:

If you do not meet the criteria for any of the above registration pathways you will need to sit the New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX). Please go to the Medical Council of New Zealand for further information on NZREX.


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