Urgent Care in New Zealand

Urgent Care (Accident and Medical) is a growing area of practice in New Zealand, where it is recognised as Specialty in which you can be vocationally registered.

Vocational training in Urgent Care is undertaken through the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care (RNZCUC) (previously known as the Accident and Medical Practitioners’ Association). To gain vocational registration in Urgent Care you would need to hold either the Fellowship of the RNZCUC, or an equivalent qualification. If you hold an international postgraduate medical qualification in urgent care, your combination of qualifications, training and experience will be assessed against the standard of the RNZCUC to determine your eligibility for vocational registration.

You do not necessarily need to have vocational registration in order to work in an Urgent Care setting in New Zealand. If you have a primary degree from a Competent Authority country and experience in Urgent Care you may be eligible for general registration.

Doctors who have worked in Urgent Care for a minimum of 30 hours per week for at least 33 out of the last 48 months in one of the following Comparable Health countries, may be eligible to work in New Zealand in an Urgent Care setting. Comparable Health System countries are:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America.

In some cases General Practitioners may be eligible to work in Urgent Care roles in New Zealand. Each case is different, and there are a number of pathways to registration in New Zealand, so please register with us to have an in depth assessment of your eligibility and registration options with one of our Consultants.