Can New Zealand doctors work in Australia?

Doctors in AUS

Warm beaches, outback adventures, and great rates - the lure of the Australian lifestyle is very tempting to New Zealand doctors. But how easy is it to relocate your medical career from New Zealand to Australia?

If you are working with Medrecruit - the answer is - very easy.

Here's everything you need to know.

Can I move to Australia as a New Zealand doctor?

Yes, you sure can. As a New Zealand-trained doctor, you can work in Australia provided you meet the requirements and register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA – Australia's MCNZ).

Medrecruit can help you find a doctor job in Australia to suit your career, lifestyle, or salary goals. You can search for Australian doctor jobs on our website, or register and let's chat.

Does Australia accept foreign doctors?

If you are an international doctor living in New Zealand but looking to live and work in Australia - the good news is that Australia does accept foreign doctors. International medical graduates (IMGs) who wish to work as a doctor in Australia need to have their international medical qualifications verified by the Australian Medical Association before they will be able to practice.

Your pathway to medical registration in Australia will depend on your individual circumstances, such as where you completed your primary medical degree, the countries in which you have clinical experience, and if you’re a specialist or junior doctor.

To practice in Australia, you must be registered with AHPRA. For IMGs, this is achievable via a number of pathways (or routes), your eligibility for which is determined by your clinical background.

Our Medrecruit Solution Specialists can help you with this process, so please register with us below if you would like more information.

How to get work in Australia as a doctor?

Medrecruit is Australasia's largest medical recruitment agency, we have over 2,000 doctor jobs available across New Zealand and Australia. If you are a New Zealand doctor looking to work in Australia, register below, and one of our team can find you your dream job in Australia - before you make the move.

What's more, our service is entirely free, and we will help you with the travel and the logistics of your move.

Can New Zealand doctors work in other parts of the world?

New Zealand doctors can work almost anywhere in the world, as long as they are willing to meet the requirements of the country in question. For example, if a New Zealand doctor wants to work in the USA - they can. They'll just have to pass the US Medical Licensing Exams, get certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign-Trained Medical Graduates, enroll in a residency program, and then sit another licensing test - but the good news is - they can do it!

If a New Zealand doctor wants to work in the UK, they are required to be registered with the GMC.

Wherever you want to take your medical career, it is important to get the right advice on what steps to take. If you are a New Zealand doctor looking to work in Australia, we can help, register below and one of our Solutions Specialists will be in touch to answer any questions you may have and help you find better in Australia.

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Jordy Black
05 June 2022Article by Jordy BlackMedrecruit Editor