Two new initiatives are targeted at overseas doctors who have passed their New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX) examination in the last five years, allowing them to apply for roles in New Zealand that will lead to full registration as a doctor.

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).

NZREX General Practice 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.

Details of both pilot programmes, including selection process and criteria, are being developed by Te Whatu Ora. This information will be publicised on our Careers page and is expected to be available before the end of October 2022.

Applications to Te Whatu Ora for the programmes are expected to open in November. Applications will not be received prior to this.

More information about registration to work as a doctor in New Zealand, and NZREX processes, can be found on the Medical Council of New Zealand website.