New Zealand has become one of the popular choices for local and international GPs owing to the plenty of benefits it has to offer. We have put together top 6 amazing benefits of living and working as a GP in New Zealand.
One of the many influences that drive medical professionals towards New Zealand and Australia is the prospect of less stress and a considerably better work-life balance. This may be due to the decreased hours of work or shorter commuting hours. GP appointments are generally around 15 minutes with a lunch break and frequent tea breaks, which promotes a less stressful work life.
In New Zealand, General Practitioners have no hierarchical structure as patient care is at the forefront. Instead, they work as collaborative teams. This helps GPs improve relations, communication and supporting individuals improve their methods and procedures of working.
New Zealand is a country with one of the highest qualities of life in the world, based on the quality of living surveys conducted. It ranks within the top ten countries in terms of quality of life in 2020. The country offers a safe and green environment with healthy lifestyle options and modern technological developments making it an exciting place to live and work in. The country also has a healthy economy fueled by global partnerships, sustainable energy production and the development of the healthcare industry. Transport networks are well-developed with well-developed highways and airports throughout the country.
People from all walks of life from many countries and locations relocate to New Zealand making it an increasingly multicultural society that appeals due to its laid-back way of life, pleasant weather conditions and its diversity. The country has a relatively high level of inbound migration from the UK, Asia and the pacific. Excellent welfare support for families and extremely low crime rates make it even more stimulating to relocate to New Zealand. The country is ranked the world’s 2nd safest country.
While most parts of the country’s admiration is owed to its spectacular natural beauty, New Zealand’s temperate climate too makes it a desirable destination to dwell. While most parts of the year you will find a moderate climate with sunny weather, there are a few winter months that will certainly give you a chance to spend time skiing and exploring various landscapes of the country.
Cost of Living
Salaries for Doctors although are not as high as it is in Australia, the cost of living in New Zealand is much lower than most countries including the UK and Australia. It also benefits from a low inflation rate and therefore promotes better savings. GPs moving to New Zealand start working as salaried General Practitioner, possibly with the intention to buy into the practice or take over the practice in future.
However, to work as a Doctor in New Zealand, you will need 33 months of experience. You will also need to register with the Medical Council of New Zealand which takes up to about 20 days to complete the process, much less complicated compared to Australia.
If you are a doctor genuinely considering working in New Zealand or Australia, feel free to drop an email to [email protected] with your questions or job requirements and we will get back to you to help you towards your new journey.