Rural General Practice

Working in general practice in Rural Northland

Our Northland rural general practice teams work in collegial and supportive environments with GPs, nursing staff and allied health providers, working closely together to deliver quality patient care.

Bay of Islands, Kaitaia and Whangarei hospital staff and specialists are accessible and receptive, and work in support of the delivery of relevant and timely patient care.

We operate one of only two government locum contracts in New Zealand.

Locums seeking work

We are actively recruiting and placing locums into positions throughout rural Northland and as such welcome enquiries from locums seeking work or just wanting to chat about potential options.

Our team manage every step of the process from enquiry to medical registration and placement.

So feel free to contact us today and make your enquiry with our team who are ready to assist you.

Peer Support

Working as a rural locum can be an isolating experience for some. Our locums are invited to participate in regular peer review groups, which meet either weekly or biweekly, depending on the location and availability of the group.

Continuing Professional Development

Te Tai Tokerau PHO provides a range of educational events and is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZGPC)  as a registered Continuing Medical Education (CME) Provider.

The PHO also provides the nurses with professional development and recognition programmes (PDRPs) that are recognised by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.


We arrange supervision for all GP locums (where applicable) who require the supervision to meet the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) registration criteria.

The MCNZ is the statutory body responsible for protecting the health and safety of the public by ensuring doctors are competent and fit to practice medicine.

One of the ways the Council achieves this is by making supervision a requirement of medical registration for all new international medical graduates beginning practice in New Zealand.

 Link to orientation, induction and supervision for international medical graduates