Rural Hospitals Locum Service

Rural Hospitals Locum Service

“This service will be extremely well received by our rural hospitals who continue to deliver services to rural communities despite work-force shortages.” says Dr Grant Davidson, Chief Executive, Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network

Announcing our newest project - a free recruitment service for rural hospitals

Kia ora,

We are delighted to announce the Rural Hospitals Locum Service, a recruitment service that will support rural hospitals in attracting and recruiting rural hospital doctors.   

We will be working with you, our rural stakeholders in developing-up an end-to-end recruitment service that complements and supports already existing recruitment strategies and products in your sector.    

The project’s outcomes acknowledge the unique medical registration criteria required for rural hospital doctors, immigration processes such as validation from the Medical Council, time heavy onboarding processes including screening, interviewing, job matching, contracting, credentialling, settlement support, and clinical supervision. The project further acknowledges the heavy financial burden of recruiting medical staff both locally and internationally.  

I am looking forward to keeping you updated with progress on this project. I will produce regular communications which will be posted on this page and shared through our e-newsletters and stakeholder releases.

Here is a snapshot of what has happened so far:

  • the establishment of the Implementation Advisory Group (IAG), a diverse group of sector experts providing advice and sector knowledge on the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project, 
  • presenting key success factors and seeking advice from Medical Council on what a streamlined process would look like, 
  • including the unique needs of rural hospitals that service large rural and remote Māori, 
  • hosting a summit for rural hospital decision makers to capture the voice and advice of the sector which in turn informed the service specifications. 

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to receive regular communications from me.

Ngā mihi nui,


Heather Lang

Kaiwhakahaere Hōhipera ā Taiwhenua, te Ratonga Tākuta Rīwhi

Manager Rural Hospitals Locum Service

What have been up to over the last month?
  • Since John and Heather have returned as an exhibitor for three days at the 31st Rural + Remote Medicine Conference in Edmonton, Alberta Canada in April, we have followed up with all the amazing folk we spoke to.
  • Several interviews have taken place with international doctors who have registered an interest in working in a rural hospital in NZ.
  • We have been finalising a schedule of visits to all rural hospitals is in play.  Starting 29th May, visits will commence with our hospital partners in the far south finishing in the far north late June.
  • We’ve met with multiple stakeholders over the last few weeks, including rural hospitals, Medical Council of NZ, Health New Zealand and the Implementation Advisory Group (IAG).
  • Amanda, our new relationship manager has been immersed in orientation and learning the ropes of the job.
Thinking about wanting to live, work and play in a rural New Zealand Hospital?

Locum doctors in New Zealand rural hospitals play a vital role in bridging healthcare gaps and ensuring access to quality medical care. The term ‘locum physician’ is derived from the Latin term locum tenens, which translates to ‘place holder’ in English. As a locum doctor, you are essentially a substitute doctor within a health care setting; you’ll be used when permanent doctors take vacation, or sick leave, or if hospitals require extra doctors.

You can contact us now to learn more about working in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network provides Rural Hospital Locum Medical Doctor Recruitment Services to Rural Hospitals across New Zealand.  We introduce doctors from our pool of locums to be placed with Rural Hospitals either through direct engagement or, in limited circumstances, engagement by us as independent contractors on contracts for service.

If you are currently working in NZ, perhaps are interested in a secondment opportunity, expand or further utilise your skills or perhaps looking for a new clinical experience short or long term.  We’d love to hear from you.

If you are from further abroad, working in New Zealand can provide you with an amazing experience; learn about a different health system, experience living and working in rural NZ.  Reach out to us and we can arrange a time to meet with you.

31st Rural + Remote Medicine Conference

John and Heather attended as an exhibitor for three days at the 31st Rural + Remote Medicine Conference in Edmonton, Alberta Canada in April. We were joined by Dr Andrew Laurenson, a rural hospital doctor hailing from the South Island. This year’s conference was the biggest and most well-attended conference yet.

The conference, an annual event, unites rural physicians’ residents and students advancing healthcare in remote areas. The conference provided was valuable enabling the team to showcase rural locum opportunities across New Zealand in both rural hospitals and family practice, additionally showcasing New Zealand. 

The conference itself was an extraordinary event to share and learn about rural health in the Northern Hemisphere. The conference was attended by 1177 attendees including a number of high calibre speakers, and exhibitors included NZ, Australia and Northern Ireland.

Our stand was well attended by eager participants as were the sessions both John and Heather attended.

Meet the team

Heather Lang

Manager Rural Hospitals Locum Service Wellington

Amanda Ellorey

Relationship Manager Wellington

Live and play in rural New Zealand.

Locum doctor opportunities are available throughout rural hospitals. Interested? 

Contact us:

Or complete the Expression of Interest Form by clicking here

Did you know??

  • For prospective rural hospital doctors, our locum service is free!
  • For rural hospital partners, there is no cost associated for us to find and place a doctor for you!
  • If you’re keen to onboard, we look forward to meeting with you May/June as we visit your site.

Living and working in a rural hospital in NZ

  • Rural Hospitals work closely with rural general practices, allied health, and other clinical and social support services to improve the health and wellbeing of the rural communities we live and work with.
  • Have you considered or are you considering working in a rural hospital?  This video showcasing one of the NZ rural hospital locations may be of interest.  See Kaikoura Hospital.