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Policy for New Zealand and Australian graduates

Read below the policy on registration within a general scope of practice for New Zealand and Australian graduates.

Eligibility for registration in a provisional general scope

To apply for registration within a provisional general scope, you must hold a primary medical degree from a New Zealand or Australian university medical school.

Intern training programme

Prevocational medical training (the intern training programme) spans the two years following graduation from medical school and includes both postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2). Doctors undertaking this training are referred to as interns. The intern training programme applies to all graduates of New Zealand and Australian accredited medical schools and doctors who have sat and passed NZREX clinical.

The aim of the intern training programme is to ensure that interns further develop their clinical and professional skills gained at medical school through substantively attaining the learning outcomes in the New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Prevocational Medical Training (NZCF). The intern training programme is based on adult learning principles and has at its core a personally developed Professional Development Plan (PDP). For further information, please refer here.

Requirements for PGY1 and gaining a general scope

During PGY1 interns will record their learning in the ePort. This includes maintaining a professional development plan and recording the learning outcomes attained from the NZCF (including prior learning). Interns will meet with their educational supervisor at the beginning of the year and after each clinical attachment and will meet with their clinical supervisor on the clinical attachment at the beginning, mid-way through and at the end of the clinical attachment.

To apply for registration within a general scope of practice an intern must meet the following requirements:

  • The (satisfactory) completion of four accredited clinical attachments.
  • The substantive attainment of the learning outcomes outlined in the NZCF (prior learning from the will be taken into account).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 weeks full-time equivalent in each clinical attachment. Full time is equivalent to a minimum of 40 hours per week.
  • Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification at the level of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council’s CORE Advanced, less than 12 months old, ACLS CORE Level 7 less than 12 months old will also be accepted until 31 December 2017.
  • A recommendation for registration in a general scope of practice by a Council approved advisory panel.

In addition, before a practising certificate is issued, interns are required to establish an acceptable professional development plan (PDP) for PGY2, to be completed during PGY2.

For further details please refer here.

advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification at the level of the New Zealand

Resuscitation Council’s CORE Advanced, less than 12 months old
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