The Faculty receives many enquiries from overseas doctors about working in New Zealand. In many countries, universities may have a role in assisting with registration and workforce employment.
However, in New Zealand, such enquiries should be directed to the Medical Council of New Zealand. Brief information is given below, as well as contact information for the Medical Council of New Zealand.
Registration for Internationally Trained Doctors
Please be advised that for Postgraduate Medical (Residency) training and University Postgraduate Medical Programmes there are restrictions on the ability of foreign medical graduates to practice medicine in New Zealand. Clinical medical practice in New Zealand requires formal registration with the licensing body, which has, like most countries, specific requirements for foreign graduates. It may be possible to obtain temporary registration for a specific period to undertake supervised practice during residency training and you need to contact the Medical Council of New Zealand:
Medical Council of New Zealand
PO Box 11649
Amongst other requirements, there is a major registration examination, the NZREX, which must be passed by foreign medical graduates before they can obtain employment to practice medicine without restriction.
Once you have temporary registration to practice medicine you can either seek an approved training post as a House Surgeon or Registrar in a Health Services Hospital. For further information, see this page.