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General Practitioner

Job Description

General Practitioners are specialists in consulting, examining, and advising their patients, before diagnosing and treating their health problems through prescribing medicines, minor surgeries, or referring them to specialists.


From registrars to senior roles, a general practitioner can earn between $81,000 – $200,000 a year.

Work Hours

Oftentimes, general practitioners work regular business hours, depending on the practice with some on-call duty and weekends.

Study length

Becoming a general practitioner requires 12 years of training.

To become a General Practitioner, you need to:

Complete the Health Sciences First Year course.
Complete a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) degree
Work two years as a House Officer (supervised junior doctor) in a hospital
Complete three years of specialist training and examinations
Become a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners
Complete and register through the Medical Council of New Zealand

A few specialised roles a General Practitioner could work in:

All ages – from childbirth to end of life care
Emergency medicine
Primary Care – can own their own practices
Sport Medicine

Want to learn more about what it’s like to be a rural General Practitioner?

Learn more from a Rural Doctor who specialises as a General Practitioner: RNZCGP

Source: General practitioner. (n.d.). Retrieved December 12, 2022, from