Relocation Funding to Support the International Recruitment of Rural General Practitioners

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora is providing relocation funding to support the international recruitment of General Practitioners (GPs) to work in rural primary care practices that are having difficulty attracting and recruiting GPs.

This initiative will enable rural primary care practices to be better positioned to attract and retain internationally-recruited GPs, while we invest in growing more sustainable domestic GP workforce supply pathways. Supporting and strengthening rural primary care will enable rural communities to have better and more equitable access to health care in their local communities to help them stay well.

Find out more about this initiative.


NZREX Bridging Programme

This programme is focused on hospital training and prepares candidates for entry into the two-year internship training programme in hospitals.

The initial pilot will be for up to 10 candidates and will be run as a six-month bridging programme in the Northern Region (based in Auckland).

The pilot is due to start in early March 2023. Applications for the Bridging Programme are now closed. Offers will be provided to successful applicants from mid-December 2022.


NZREX Primary Care pathway

This programme is a pathway to full registration for a career in general practice.

Training is largely focused on practice in the community, eg. primary care, and it will include a component of hospital-based training. The initial pilot will be for a cohort of 8-10 candidates, and will be delivered over two years in partnership with primary care providers in the Waikato region.

The pilot is due to start in January 2023. Applications for the Primary Care Pathway programme are now closed. Offers will be provided to successful applicants from early December 2022.


Find more information about registration to work as a doctor in New Zealand and NZREX processes on the Medical Council of New Zealand website.