How to Get an Emergency Medicine Job in New Zealand


Sarah Peddie

Emergency Medicine is a field of practice which is based on knowledge and skills to carry out the prevention, management and diagnosis of a patient’s illness. Dealing with patients of all ages and a lot of different backgrounds is part of the everyday working life of an emergency physician. 

It is a good career choice for medical professionals who want to be challenged within their job but it is also very personally rewarding.

Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we take a look at how to get an emergency medicine job in New Zealand and what steps you have to take to get there. If you are thinking about a move to New Zealand then you should consider working in emergency medicine as there are plenty of jobs on offer within the speciality.

What do you need?

To apply for registration in Emergency Medicine in New Zealand, you will need:

  • The FACEM Qualification - a training program equips emergency practitioners to become consultants in emergency medicine.
  • An international postgraduate qualification in Emergency Medicine. 

If you do not have any of these qualifications then you can apply for training in the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) in Auckland where you can go through a five year programme and train as an emergency physician.

Apply for a job

It is well advised that you try and find a job before you head down under to New Zealand. You may be in the country but might have to wait a while for applications to go through and contacts to start so it will be beneficial to you to get a job in the bag beforehand. Once it has been confirmed and contracts have been signed, then you should get your paperwork sorted.


As for registering - you must be registered as a medical professional and have a practising certificate. 

There are a few different registration pathways which depend on your qualifications, training, experience and whether you intend to work in New Zealand permanently or for a specific length of time.  

You must be fit for registration and for practice as it is a legal requirement, they must be satisfied that:

  • You can communicate effectively and comprehend English sufficiently to protect public health and safety.
  • You do not suffer from a physical or mental disorder which may affect your ability to practice medicine.
  • If you have a conviction for an offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of three months or longer; the offence does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise.
  • If you are under investigation or the subject of professional disciplinary proceedings in New Zealand (or in another country), that investigation or matter does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise
  • If you are subject to any of the following orders, the order does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise. That is:
  1. an order of a professional disciplinary tribunal in New Zealand or overseas
  2. an order of an accredited educational institution
  3. an order of an authority or of a similar body in another country
  • There is no reason to believe that you may endanger the health or safety of members of the public.

There are a range of questions within the application and your answers and information for your referees will determine whether you are fit to practise in New Zealand. 

Applicants must satisfy the Council that they are able to speak and understand effectively in English. If you have applied to register then you will need to go to a registration interview where you have to present everything they have asked for. Make sure you have key documents verified from their primary source. 

Are you currently looking for an emergency medicine job? Register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you with applying for one.