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

International Recruitment

In a couple of weeks we will be attending Canada’s 31st Annual Rural & Remote Medicine Conference.

This year’s conference is being held in Edmonton Alberta, from April 18 – 20, 2024.

As well as exhibiting we are hosting informal, no obligation chats the day before the Conference.

Please feel free to contact us now for a no obligation free consultation.


Interested in hearing more about the Rural Hospitals Locum Service or working as a rural hospital doctor? Contact us: