Stairway to New Zealand
If you liked last month's article about working in Australia, then read on. This month we focus on its Oceanic neighbour, New Zealand. Irina Haivas tells you all you need to know to start working in the Kiwi way
- By: Irina Haivas
New Zealand's healthcare system, working conditions, living standards, lifestyle, and natural beauty have been attracting doctors long before Lord of the Rings hit our screens. According to the last workforce survey by the Medical Council of New Zealand in 2003, 34% of the fully registered doctors and 40% of all doctors working in New Zealand were overseas graduates (see figure).1 In some specialties, they account for more than half of the workforce1. UK and Irish doctors top the list.
Before a doctor can register, he or she must do a self assessment of eligibility for registration on the medical council's website. “If the self assessment shows the doctor is not eligible he or she will be directed to the section on the registration examinations. If he or she is eligible, they can then look for a job, then submit their application. The application forms also have instructions on the process,”