The following is a guide only, as policies may be subject to change by the MCNZ. Further information is available on the Council website at http://www.mcnz.org.nz/
There are four types of pathways to gain registration in New Zealand, with each requiring different criteria. NZLocums will determine the best pathway to registration (licensure) for you and discuss the requirements with you.
If you have been working in any of the following countries for 36 (or more) months out of the last 48 (international graduates) it is likely you will be eligible to apply for MCNZ registration:
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Ireland
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
For those doctors that have not worked in the listed countries you may be required to sit the MCNZ registration examination before being approved for medical registration in New Zealand.
If you have a post graduate qualification from any country and are practising as a consultant / specialist in your own country you may be eligible to apply for vocational (specialist) registration in New Zealand. Contact us for more details.
If English is not your first language you may first need to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English test - Academic module.
The following scores in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required within one examination:
- Speaking 7.5
- Listening 7.5
- Writing 7.0
- Reading 7.0
In some instances the MCNZ may allow you to be exempt from this test if you have worked in an English speaking country for 2 years within the 5 years preceding your application. You can find out about places and dates to sit this test at http://www.ielts.org/
Supervision for overseas DoctorsWhether you are a junior doctor or a consultant, supervision is a requirement of the MCNZ for all new registrants, (the exception is Australian graduates), and is an excellent way to integrate and familiarise yourself with practicing in New Zealand. The role of the supervisor is to assist the Council in determining that you have the required skills, knowledge and attitudes to practise safely in New Zealand to a standard comparable to your peers in this country.
NZLocums organises supervision arrangements prior to your arrival in New Zealand. Your supervisor may change if you move to a different location to work.
As a part of your supervisory relationship, supervisors are available to:
- Discuss difficult or unusual cases
- Randomly review and discuss patient notes
- Discuss patient and staff feedback
- Observe consultations as far as is practical
- Encourage personal growth and development