Working as a junior doctor in New Zealand
Allows one to gain exposure to different populations and diseases
- By: Jamie Willson
Like many others I decided to go to New Zealand to add some variety to my training as a junior doctor. New Zealand is a unique environment, filled with a diverse culture, and it has excellent working conditions for doctors. However, moving to work in New Zealand is a decision that involves a rigorous process and time consuming paperwork.
Currently, more jobs than trained doctors are available in New Zealand. Consequently, getting a job is less competitive than in many other developed countries. However, the county’s two medical schools have recently increased their student intake, so this situation could change.
The two most common ways of getting a job in New Zealand are via a recruitment agency or by contacting specific district health boards directly (http://www.dhbnz.org.nz/Site/DHBNZ/Contact_Us.aspx).
Recruitment agencies are often free and minimise paperwork, but they have an incentive to fill less desirable posts. Going directly to the health boards