Working as an IMG in New Zealand or Australia

Thinking of making the move? Here's everything you need to know

Medrecruit is a leading international doctor recruitment agency, our dedicated team prides itself on helping foreign doctors find work in New Zealand and Australia.

With great working conditions and healthcare systems, more overseas-trained doctors are looking to make the move to live and work in Australia and New Zealand. Sought-after roles are available for IMGs with the right credentials. We've created this page for doctors interested in making the move, if you want more information, get in touch with us and we will show you all the possibilities available.

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Discover everything you need to know about moving to Australia or New Zealand in this IMG Guide: pathways to registration, specialities in demand and more.

This GPs new life in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

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Moving to AU/NZ
Dr Fraser Smith moved to New Zealand, from the UK, as an IMG GP to live and work in beautiful Hawkes Bay.
Article by Julia | 26 Nov 2022

Working as a doctor in Australia

Enjoy the sun or the city, there is much for foreign doctors to love in Australia. Our specialist team will guide you to various permanent job opportunities across Australia. It's important to note that international doctors have more restrictions in Australia than in New Zealand. It can take some time to get the post you want, and up to a year to get settled, that's why it is important to work with a skilled IMG recruitment agency - we’ll help navigate the different requirements, and sort through the paperwork.

Working as a doctor in New Zealand

Renowned for its working conditions and health care system, international doctors get the best of all worlds in New Zealand. Find a permanent job set against a backdrop of beaches, mountains, forests, and cities. Our specialist International Team will give insights into all aspects of work, day-to-day living, and relocating. We can help with the paperwork and our immigration advisor can assist with visas. For foreign doctors looking to work in New Zealand, the process can take six months to a year.

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Speciality in demand: general practice

GPs are in high demand in New Zealand. This means rates are competitive, and contracts are flexible. Make work suit your new lifestyle.

We have multiple general practitioner opportunities across New Zealand, including Hawke's Bay, one of the North Island's most desirable beachside locations.

A doctor's perspective
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Moving to AU/NZ
Dr Nicky Anto is a GP who recently moved his medical career to New Zealand.
Article by Julia | 11 May 2023
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Find out why this Glaswegian IMG decided to move to New Zealand to live and work as a doctor.
Article by Julia | 29 Dec 2022
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Find out why Dr Rebecca Miles decided to swap working in the UK to live and work as a doctor in a beachside city in New Zealand.
Article by Julia | 08 Dec 2022

Know your opportunity.

Top permanent roles are available for experienced IMG doctors in New Zealand and Australia. To practice medicine, you must be registered with the governing body of the country you choose to work in. Gaining registration is often easiest for specialists (including GPs) and overseas doctors who have completed their primary degrees in the UK or Ireland. Reach out if you have any questions about your qualifications.

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How Medrecruit helps

Medrecruit is one of the leading international doctor recruitment agencies. We have a team dedicated to assisting International Medical Graduates (IMGs). In order to practice in either Australia or New Zealand, you must be registered with either AHPRA (Australia) or MCNZ (New Zealand). For doctors who graduated overseas, this is achievable via a number of pathways (or routes), your eligibility for which is determined by your clinical background.

Once we have helped you determine your eligibility for registration, we will help you with your job search and work to make your move Down Under easy with our vast employment networks and insider tips.