Calling all Psychiatrists
Are you seeking a new challenge? Would you like to expand your international experience? Then New Zealand could be the place for you.

To work in psychiatry in New Zealand you will need a specialist qualification in psychiatry and be eligible for Vocational Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). In general, doctors who have trained or worked in UK/Ireland/Western European countries/ Canada/US and Australia are reasonably likely to be able to work in New Zealand. Refer to the MCNZ website for further details.

General Adult Psychiatry is generally practiced as a hybrid of primary and secondary care specialty. While in general most Mental Health Services would see patients referred by a General Practitioner (GP), in crises patients can also present themselves and will mostly be assessed on the same day. There is a continuum of care model with care ranging in intensity from an inpatient unit, to specialist community mental health teams (CMHTs), to excellent partnerships with Mental Health Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

Most general adult psychiatrists are based at one of the CMHTs, covering a designated geographical area, where they work very closely and in collaboration with their nursing and allied health colleagues.

Psychiatry registration:

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists:

If would like more information about training, or a career as a psychiatrist, please visit:

Information about working and living in New Zealand:
Located in the South Pacific, New Zealand may have a relatively small population (approximately 4.5 million) but we're right up there on the world stage in many areas. Whether it is sports, arts or culture we're proud of what we've achieved and healthcare is no exception.

New Zealand has an excellent public health system. Eighteen Districts of varying sizes are responsible for providing or funding the provision of health services both in hospitals and the community. Each year the health sector works to achieve national health targets, which means there is a continual need for skilled professionals.

Right now, we have opportunities for experienced Psychiatrists to join our teams across the country - from the winterless north through to the beautiful south. If a work-life balance is important to you, New Zealand could be the perfect place to grow your career.

Getting the right work visa:
It is important that you have the correct work visa. You can access further information from Immigration New Zealand:

Experience New Zealand for yourself:
Living and working in New Zealand:
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