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Locum tenens

The purpose of this scope of practice is to allow you to work in New Zealand for up to 12 months as a locum specialist.

Registration requirements

The following requirements are in addition to those provided under our Policy on registration within a special purpose scope. Please also refer to that policy.


Download Policy on registration within a special purpose scope

To gain registration you must:

  • have an approved postgraduate qualification in the branch of medicine in which you want to work.
  • have been working in active clinical practice (20 hours per week), relevant to the branch of medicine in which you are applying, for at least 22 of the past 36 months
  • be appointed to a supervised role that is not able to be filled by a New Zealand resident doctor.

Note: you may work in a specialist role for a maximum of 12 months. If you want to practise in New Zealand beyond 12 months, you will need to apply for registration within a vocational scope of practice.

Approved qualifications for locum tenens specialist appointments

Vocational and provisional vocational scopes of practice

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