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General Practitioner / Family Medicine Opportunities

General practitioners are anything but ‘general’. GPs are medical specialists—they’re often the first port of call, providing an invaluable service within the communities they serve. Ochre Recruitment provides GPs with a substantial range of career opportunities in general practice (family medicine).

Doctors practicing as GPs in Australia require Fellowships through the Royal College of General Practitioners RACGP (FRACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine ACRRM (FACRRM); these Fellowships are maintained through CPD training including the Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP).

Doctors practicing as GPs in New Zealand must be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). NZ doctors then have the option to gain Fellowship with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP).

Working in general practice allows you to work wherever you want. As a GP providing comprehensive primary health care in New Zealand and Australia, you have the opportunity to engage with people across all sectors of society, provide continuity of care as a permanent GP, or crucial cover as a locum where your skills are truly appreciated. 

As a general practitioner, you will touch, change, and save lives.

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Working in General Practice in New Zealand

Most general practitioners in NZ, whether in locum, fixed term or permanent positions, work around 32 to 40 hours per week over eight to ten sessions. Sessions are usually four hours and consist of 15 minute appointments, allowing time to talk to, assess and treat patients. GPs see between 12 and 13 patients per session and have time allocated for paperwork.

Permanent GPs earn between $170,00 and $230,00 NZD per year.

Urgent care clinics provide care for walk-in patients and are open seven days a week. They typically open at 8am and stay open until 8pm, and doctors work shifts of between six and eight hours. Appointments cover more urgent presentations and don’t manage the continuity of care of a patient with chronic conditions.

Can NZ general practitioners work in hospitals?

Some rural practices manage small rural hospitals. In these instances, GPs with rural hospital experience or PRIME are always in demand to cover GP sessions and hospital on-call.

General Practice Jobs New Zealand

For all permanent and locum GP roles, please contact Anna.

Benefits of Working as a GP in an Ochre Medical Centre

  • Flexible and open contract arrangements giving you a better chance at achieving your ideal work-life balance
  • Attractive remuneration and control over how you bill your patients. Choose between private or bulk billings as you deem appropriate
  • A commitment to education and training so you can easily continue your own professional development
  • Full clinical autonomy to practice your way, while benefiting from cutting-edge software systems and operational support
  • Exceptional nursing support who work closely with doctors to deliver patient care and chronic disease management plans
  • Excellent administrative support providing marketing, training, payroll, hiring and practice management services, allowing you to maximise time spent with patients
  • Eligibility for GPRIPS to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional and remote communities. The General Practice Relocation Incentive Program offers reductions in moratorium.

Browse the Ochre Health medical centres and locations.

Working as a GP beyond the Ochre Health Network in Australia

GPs on a fixed term or permanent contract don’t tend to have any on-call or after-hours work, however they occasionally may work on weekends. They generally have two practice sessions per day, and they may or may not be the solo doctor within the medical practice. 

Practice billings can be bulk, private or mixed. GPs will generally consult Cat 4 and Cat 5 patients and will need the ability to stabilise patients if required. They may be supported by a practice nurse and allied health. Depending on the practice, doctors are expected to see anywhere from four to six patients per hour.

We also offer GPs a huge range of locum opportunities. For details on working as a GP locum please visit our Locum Doctors page.

In Australia, Doctors can work as Hospital GPs

Hospital GPs are based in medical practices with which hospitals are affiliated.

Hospital GPs generally work in rural and remote regions with two practice sessions a day. Depending on the location doctors may be solo, on-call or in a rotational roaster. They’re usually required to cover inpatients, outpatients and occasionally ward rounds, as well as consulting a full range of presentations, from Cat 5 to Cat 1. 

Hospital GPs may be supported by a practice nurse and allied health. Depending on the practice, doctors are expected to see a minimum of four patients per hour, (up to six in some practices). Hospital locum pay is typically on a ‘daily rate’ basis—practice billings can be bulk, private or mixed—with daily rates ranging from $1,500 to $2,000 per day.

If a number of locum weeks are worked in rural locations involving emergency work, hospital GPs can claim various rural retention grants each year.

Essential requirements for Hospital GPs

  • Fellowships through the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or Fellowship of the RACGP (RACGP); these Fellowships are maintained through CPD training
  • Recent experience in an emergency setting including:
    • Work in a recognised emergency department in the last two years
    • Completion of at least one current emergency course, such as ALS, EMST, CEMP (Advanced), or REST
  • Two references verifying an ability to work in an emergency setting.
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What does a career in General Practice offer?

  • A diverse career path
  • Options for you to sub-specialise in anything, from rural generalism to sexual health
  • A dynamic and supportive working environment
  • An opportunity to manage your own business
  • The potential to travel while you work
  • Varied, complex and challenging experiences
  • A stable income in which you can support your family.

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