The Annual Recruitment Cycle is the recruitment period for Districts
employing Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) for positions starting at the beginning of the
New Zealand Training year, which falls in January.

Recruitment to Resident Medical Officer (RMO) positions are managed individually by each of the 18 Districts. A map of the 18 Districts and further information can be found at . You can apply for RMO positions to the any and all DHBs that you are interested in. We've provided a link to all CURRENT vacancies below:


All applicants must hold valid registration or be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). You can check your eligibility ahead of making an application by visiting the MCNZ Self Assessment tool .

National RMO Reference Form

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 RMOs to join our teams across the country - from the winterless north through to the beautiful south. If a great work-life balance is important to you, New Zealand could be the perfect place to grow your career.

House Officers / Senior House Officers* (except PGY1s or designated SHO positions)

Applications close 13 June 2022

Offers made 5 September 2022

Acceptances due 15 September 2022

House Officers

House Officer positions are suitable for RMOs who have completed their Foundation Year 1 (F1) or Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1). House Officers have the greatest exposure to a variety of services, rotating every 3 months. Once you have completed 2 years of recognised training as a House Officer, you will be eligible to apply for Senior House Officer and/or Registrar positions.


Registrars/Designated Senior House Officers

Applications close 13 June 2022

Offers made 22 August 2022

Acceptances due 29 August 2022

Senior House Officers (SHOs)

These positions align to single services and are suitable for RMOs who are in their Post Graduate Year 3 (PGY3) or above. SHOs will typically rotate every 6 months, in line with Registrars.



These positions are suitable for RMOs who are in their PGY3 or above. Non-Training or Basic training Registrars align to a single service and rotate every 6 months. Depending on the service you are employed by, you may have the opportunity to rotate through sub-speciality departments.