GP training

The way GPs are trained has changed after a review by Health Workforce New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Medical Council.

New Zealand needs more GPs. And it's a job that's changing as more health care takes place outside hospitals. This review investigated how training – including clinical placements – could change to match emerging models of care.

More on the revised General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) is on the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners website.

Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) funds district health boards and organisations such as the College for postgraduate clinical training. To be eligible for funding, trainees must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents but the HWNZ Board will consider exceptions. Guidelines on how to apply for exceptions are in the Investment and purchasing section.

HWNZ continues to liaise with the College about how to attract more medical trainees into a career in general practice.

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