Working as an international doctor in New Zealand or Australia

Thinking of moving your medical career? Here's everything you need to know as an IMG

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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Free International Doctor Guide

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

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New Zealand relocation package

Generous relocation packages are now available for those who are looking to stay for at least 12 months. All junior and senior doctors can be offered the following:

  • One way economy flights for you to New Zealand and partner and children if accompanying
  • $10,000 towards shipping expenses
  • Four weeks of accommodation on arrival
  • Four weeks of hire car on arrival
  • Seniors have access to all of the above plus more for the right candidate.

Talk to us about the relocation packages on offer.

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

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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.

A doctor's perspective
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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
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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.

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Free International Doctor Guide

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.