Support for patients

Our main role is to protect public health and safety, so all doctors in New Zealand must be registered with us before they are allowed to practise medicine here. Registration in New Zealand means a doctor is trained to provide a high standard of care to their patients. We set and monitor those standards.

As a patient, your health and safety are your doctor's primary concern, and the relationship you have with your doctor should be based on mutual trust, clear communication, honesty and respect. You should feel comfortable and be well-informed at all times, safe in the knowledge that your doctor is fit to practise medicine. If you feel that has been compromised, we will take any notifications seriously.