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Can New Zealand Doctors Locum in Australia? The 5 Key Requirements You Need.

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Locuming is the crème de la crème of the medical world. The ability to pick and choose when, where, and how you work is an incredible privilege that many New Zealand doctors have enjoyed for decades. And it’s easy to see why. Locuming allows you to travel, pick up extra shifts, earn great money, and to generally have a lot more control over your career.

It’s no wonder that more and more Kiwi doctors are considering locuming in Australia. After all, what could be better than getting paid to work in some of the most beautiful locations in the world?

Working as a locum doctor in Australia comes with a world of advantages, as discussed in 5 Benefits of Working as a Locum Doctor, but before you pack your bags and head off into the sunset, there are a few things you need to know.

We’re going to discuss the locum work types available in Australia, and the basic requirements needed to make the move over. We’ll also provide some tips on how to get started!

Without further ado, let’s jump in.

Can New Zealand Doctors Locum In Australia?

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Hospital work is the most common type of locum doctor work in Australia.

Yes! New Zealand doctors are eligible to locum in Australia. As a locum doctor, you will be filling in for another physician who is on leave. This can be anything from maternity leave to, extended leave or even holiday time.

Hospital work is the most common type of locum doctor work in Australia. You can work in a small rural hospital, or a large metropolitan teaching hospital. However, you may also find plenty of opportunities for GP’s who want to locum, as many practices struggle to find full-time doctors. Opportunities to also work in non-clinical settings such as sporting and major events, advisory services, training and corporate health programs are also available with Medic Oncall.

Hospitals and clinics across Australia are always in need of locum doctors, so you never have to worry about a shortage of work. In fact, many locum agencies specifically recruit New Zealand doctors because of the high demand!

So, What Are The Basic Requirements?

1. Be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)

2. Have current medical registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

3. Have a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC)

4. Have appropriate medical indemnity cover

5. Be a New Zealand Citizen

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement states that a person who is registered to undertake a particular job in New Zealand is entitled to undertake that particular job in Australia, without the need for further tests or exams. So if you are working as a doctor in New Zealand, and you’re a New Zealand citizen, you do not need any special visas to enter Australia and work locum. Applying for AHPRA registration is something Medic Oncall can easily assist with, alongside finding locum jobs that match your criteria and preferences.

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Now that you know what’s required to locum in Australia, take the plunge and register today! Experience everything for yourself and reap the rewards that come with it. You won’t regret it!

Medic Oncall is a leading locum agency, a sister company to Healthcare Australia providing solutions to healthcare facilities across the land down under. With over decades of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you find the perfect locum job opportunity.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what we can offer you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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