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Registration requirements

To register within a special purpose scope of practice in New Zealand there are general requirements to satisfy, as well as specific requirements depending on the particular special purpose you want to register for.

General requirements

To qualify for registration within any of the special purpose scopes, you must:

Once registered, you must:

  • only work within the scope of practice you are registered for
  • work at a location we have approved
  • work under the supervision of a registered doctor approved by us
  • only work for the duration specified for your particular special purpose scope
  • only undertake the clinical work we have approved you to do.

Note: registration within a special purpose scope of practice is not a pathway to registration within a general or vocational scope of practice.

If you believe your qualifications, training and experience don’t meet these requirements then it is unlikely you will be eligible for registration within a special purpose scope of practice in New Zealand.

Other pathways to registration

To see if you meet the requirements for another pathway to registration, return to the registration self assessment tool and complete the checklist, making sure to answer ‘no’ to the question ‘are you a qualified specialist or do you have a postgraduate qualification’.

Self assessment tool

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How to make a special purpose scope application

Each special purpose scope has specific requirements which are outlined below.

Teach as a visiting expert

Requirements:

  • you must be invited by an institution that we have approved
  • the nature of any patient contact must be specified in your application.

Undertake post-graduate training and/or experience

You must:

  • be registered in your own country, to which you will return on completion of the training
  • be enrolled in a formal training programme in your own country; or
  • have a formal post-graduate qualification which shows competence in the branch of medicine in which you will practise while in New Zealand; or
  • have worked for at least 12 months in an institution with which a New Zealand hospital or medical school has an exchange programme, and have guaranteed continuing employment and training in that institution on completion of your training.

Note: your employer must satisfy the Night cover requirements before you are permitted to provide night cover.

Carry out research

The research project must have:

  • approval of a formally constituted ethics committee in New Zealand
  • received informed consent of patients if treatment is involved.

Work as a locum tenens in a specialist post 

You must: 
intend to work temporarily in New Zealand (short term) for a maximum period of up to 12 months;
hold an approved qualification for special purpose (locum tenens) scope of practice;         
have worked for 20 hours each week within the last 22 out of 36 months;
meet all other requirements in Policy on registration in a special purpose scope of practice for locum tenens.

You must:

  • intend to work temporarily in New Zealand (short term) for a maximum period of up to 12 months;
  • hold an approved qualification for special purpose (locum tenens) scope of practice;
  • have worked for 20 hours each week within the last 22 out of 36 months;
  • meet all other requirements in Policy on registration in a special purpose scope of practice for locum tenens.

Note: if you intend to practise in New Zealand for more than 12 months, you must alternatively apply for registration within a vocational scope.

Approved qualifications for locum tenens specialist appointments
Vocational and provisional vocational scopes of practice

Work in an emergency or other unpredictable, short-term situation

You must have qualifications appropriate to the requirements of the emergency or other unpredictable situation. We determine what these qualifications are.

Work in a pandemic or disaster

Our requirements would depend on the nature of the pandemic or disaster and would be considered as and when required.

Provide teleradiology services

Registration to provide teleradiology services to New Zealand patients and health consumers may be provided for up to a year.

The requirements for teleradiology are extensive and are available at Teleradiology requirements.

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