Our focus this week is New Zealand – we’re highlighting the key points to think about when making the move.
Registration Eligibility – The New Zealand Medical Council recognise GP training from the UK and Ireland. Unlike Australia, it doesn’t alter your registration pathway if you don’t have the MRCGP qualification making it easier to find a post if you don’t have it. If you haven’t completed your GP training in the UK or Ireland then you are eligible if you have a minimum of 33 months recent GP experience from one of the following countries – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Ireland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and USA.
The registration and visa process is relatively quick– It only takes approximately 2 – 3 months from start to finish. We’ll find you the job first and once the contract has been signed guide you through the registration and visa applications. We work with a Specialist Immigration Advisor regulated by the Immigration Advisers Authority New Zealand to manage the visa for you and your family.
Ideal opportunity to try it out – Due to the ease and time taken for the registration process, it’s much easier to secure a shorter locum contract of 6 months upwards. This allows you to have a working holiday or a taster before committing to a permanent position.
No restrictions on where you can work – Unlike Australia where you have to work in a District of Workforce shortage, New Zealand doesn’t have the same restrictions allowing us to find you a job in any practice and any location.
More time with patients – The majority of practices have standard 15 minute appointment times – this means less stress and a less intense working schedule. Better for patients and doctors!
Low tax rate and lower cost of living – The maximum tax rate in NZ is currently 33% and most areas of New Zealand have an overall lower cost of living than the UK.
Work / Life balance – General practice is taken seriously however time outside of work is high priority. Commuting isn’t the same headache as it is in the UK and you’re never far away from a beach or national park.
Finally – New Zealand has outstanding natural beauty and a fantastic outdoor lifestyle. There is a nationwide passion for sports and outdoor activities and the South Island is the birthplace of adventure sports like bungee jumping and skydiving. There is a great climate, offering more sunshine hours and alfresco living!