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Support for Rural Practices

NZLocums provides two recruitment support services for rural practices throughout New Zealand as part of our contract with the Ministry of Health.

This contract means all our recruitment services are free.

Whether you need our support throughout the entire recruitment process or at any stage, even if you have already secured a candidate or have one in mind, we still offer this service for free.

Our team are experts in the whole recruitment process including Immigration, Medical Registration, Insurance, reference checks, and more.

We offer a seamless recruitment process for your practice, taking all the admin-heavy tasks off your hands.

Rural locum support service

All rural general practices in New Zealand are eligible to access locum cover for two weeks per annum (per FTE).

Employed as a contractor through NZLocums & NZMedJobs, the locum is paid by the practice and is provided with accommodation and a vehicle. We then reimburse the cost of the locum at the same rate at which the locum is paid. We do not charge the practice any recruitment fees or commission. The only cost to the practice is a payroll administration fee.

We pride ourselves on our service, however due to fluctuations in supply and demand for locums, we may not always be able to provide a locum at the time you need them. We do our utmost to ensure we find a suitable time for your practice.

Rural recruitment service

NZLocums & NZMedJobs also provides a national service for rural general practices for the following situations:

  • Recruitment for permanent positions.
  • Filling a gap in your workforce until a permanent general practitioner arrives.
  • Hotspot cover – where an unplanned or unresolved recruitment problem has arisen.

What you can expect

Our team of experienced medical recruiters source New Zealand qualified and international medical graduates, facilitate Medical Council registration requirements and arrange supervision for the locum if necessary. Each candidate is fully reference checked and vetted before being placed with a rural practice.

To ensure international qualified doctors are ready to work in New Zealand, they attend our CME accredited Orientation course. This course covers many areas of Primary Health in New Zealand, ACC, Work and Income, Medtech32, cultural competence, Māori health and the New Zealand Health System. You can read more about our Orientation course here.