•Who can locum as a doctor in New Zealand?
•What if I’m from abroad, can I locum in New Zealand?
•Who pays for the travel and accomodation for these placements?
•Are there any bad points about locuming?
•So what do I need to do now to find out more about locuming?
Q: Who can locum as a doctor in New Zealand?
A: Anyone who has NZ residency & full general registration (ie completed their 1 year probationary period in New Zealand).
Q: What if I’m from abroad, can I locum in New Zealand?
A: If you are an Australian Medical School graduate and have Australian Citizenship if you are entitled to New Zealand Residency you can locum. If you are from outside these countries you can contact us for longer term positions that are available under supervision
Q: Why locum?
A:1. Superior renumeration
You can currently be paid anywhere between $75 to $150 NZD/hr depending on shifts, shortages of other doctors at last minute nature of work.
2. Flexible working
You can choose when to work and where to work . You are in control. Most shifts usually prefer you to work for a minimum of week but at short notice they may want you to work over weekends and evenings.
Q: Who pays for the travel and accomodation for these placements?
A:The hospitals you work for provide a travel allowance that covers costs of getting to airport, flights or mileage expenses by car and accomodation costs. (either provided on site or in nearby motel complexes)
This means you have no other costs yourself going to or whilst at the hospital.
We arrange all these details for you so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Just get to the airport board your flight, get a taxi to your accomodation and check in.
Q: Are there any bad points about doing locuming?
A: You don’t get sick or holiday pay. You won’t be provided with study leave as you would for contracts with the DHBs. Provided you do more long term positions it can look like normal 3 month placements. (Yes these become available at times.) If you do lots of short term work over a long term period then there is the possiblity it could effect your career if you’re hoping to gain a top job. But as more and more doctors are turning to locuming it is unlikely to affect your career.
Q: So what do I need to do now to find out more about locuming?
A: Go to the contact us page where we can call or email you back, whatever you prefer. From there we talk to you about your requirements and then we go to work in seek out those jobs you want. It’s as simple as that. We will get back to you with locum availability based on your experience. Discuss if this is a suitable position for you. If you are completely happy with this we make contact with the relevant hospital see what their requirements are and arrange the rest if you are both happy.
Please email us if you can’t find any answers you are looking for here.