In case if you have not done your internship but have already graduated from either New Zealand or Australia and are figuring out how to register as a medical practitioner in New Zealand, well, here is a comprehensive guide!
The first step is as easy as it gets, you just need to make sure of the following,
ü Have a primary medical school degree from Australia or New Zealand, recognized on the World Directory of Medical Schools
ü Fit to Practice Medicine
ü Can speak and understand English
The second step involves applying for Provisional General or Post Graduate Year `(PGY1).
In case if you are from New Zealand, you need to first contact the council regarding the internship at [email protected]. After having done that, we can proceed towards meeting basic requirements including,
1. Having an employment letter from an accredited training provider of PGY1
2. An MNCZ account through which the application will be made online
In case if you are from Australia, you need to ensure the following,
1. An employment letter from an accredited training provider of PGY1
2. Submission of the REG2B form and evidence of a degree
3. Letter of good standing from the Dean of your Medical School
After gaining approval from the council, it is mandatory to work under a prevocational educational supervisor. If any change in the training provider is to be made during the tenure of PGY1, a minimum time of 20 days can be expected for approval by the council without which no new position can be commenced. Otherwise, legal action may be taken against you.
Now, in order to request a variation in your training provider, a request must first be submitted which depends on the scope of your practice which is as follows,
Provisional General i.e. for Resident Doctors, Resident Practitioners, Candidates undergoing Vocational Training - https://www.mcnz.org.nz/assets/Forms/f31e8b182e/COS1.pdf
Provisional Vocational i.e. Independent Practitioners –
Special Purpose - https://www.mcnz.org.nz/assets/Forms/aa9b847f45/COS7.pdf
After you have completed your PGY1, you can easily proceed towards PGY2 through meeting the following pre-requisites,
ü Completion of 4 accredited clinical attachments
ü Completion of 10 full-time weeks in each attachment
ü Attained learning outcomes highlighted by NZCF
ü Holds a recent (<12 months) Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification at New Zealand Resuscitation Council’s CORE Advanced level
ü Recommended for General Scope by Council-approved panel based on your professional development plan (PDP) submitted and reviewed by the advisory panel
After the recommendation of the panel, the practising certificate for PGY2 is issued which can only be completed through completing 4 councils accredited clinical attachments and working on the PDP goals. On successful completion, a request*can be filed for removal of endorsement based on the approval of the supervisor.
However, as soon as the endorsement is removed, a general practitioner would have to enrol themselves in Inpractice, a council approved recertification program. A vocational practitioner does not have this condition.
If you wish to find out more details, drop an email with your questions and concerns to [email protected] and one of our consultants will assist you.