Living & Working in New Zealand

Land of the Long White Cloud, home of the All Blacks Rugby Team, the rugged and wild Southern Alps, remote and pristine Fiordland, and more extreme sports than the rest of the world put together. 

New Zealand's culture is as diverse as its two islands: from the original Polynesian Maori heritage and colonial British immigrants, to today's immigrants from all over the world.  New Zealand is the home for all those who like to live life to the fullest with lots of adventure. Life is to be lived and New Zealand is the place to live it.

New Zealand offers excellent medical training hospitals, innovative facilities, and research for doctors who want to increase their skills and experience without sacrificing their active, outdoor lifestyle.  Physios in particular will enjoy their clients' active lifestyle and the government funded ACC allowing those with injuries to attend to their injuries with enthusiasm and get back out into it all.  House Officers will love the wide range of work and responsibility available to them due to the small size of the regional hospitals.  Jump into the deep end and learn more quickly than you thought possible.

Tertiary and Regional Hospitals: The main tertiary hospitals are in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Regional hospitals also provide ongoing training and opportunities to continue study through the Universities or Colleges. The absence of Registrars in most of the smaller regional hospitals allows close contact between Consultants and House Officers. This almost invariably means higher exposure to a broader range of medical cases - and greater opportunities for more responsibility and teaching that comes with it.

Facilities: The New Zealand hospital and training systems are modeled on those from the UK and the US. They are innovative and are leaders when it comes to research. Hospitals are very well equipped with modern equipment, technology and facilities.

Salaries: Salaries for junior doctors can vary between tertiary hospitals and regional hospitals - higher rates of pay are given to regional hospitals. Salaries are based on the category run (i.e. obstetrics, relief, medicine), the number of hours you work per week, and the number of postgraduate years you have worked.

Quick salary indicator NZ$ (as at March 2011):
On-call, Continued Medical Education instructors, Registration, and Medical Indemnity personnel are generally the highest paid of all doctors in New Zealand.
Resident / House Officer NZ$51,000 - $120,000
Registrar NZ$60,000 - $170,000
Consultant NZ$120,000 - $250,000

Would you like to work as a doctor in New Zealand? Working in New Zealand is highly rewarding, provides a great quality of life and the opportunity to grow your skills and experience.

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Rafting in New Zealand
Angelis Hut near Nelson, New Zealand
Pushing a bush plane on Stewart Island
Surf Ski paddlers in Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand
New Zealand's All Blacks performing the Haka
Sumner Beach from above, New Zealand