In New Zealand, RANZCP Fellowship is not a requirement for specialist registration whereas in Australia, Fellowship of the College is required for any doctor to gain specialist medical registration.
The process for specialist registration differs in New Zealand (regulated by the Medical Council of New Zealand, MCNZ) from Australia (regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, AHPRA). The MCNZ seeks the advice of the RANZCP via the New Zealand Branch office regarding a Specialist International Medical Graduate's (SIMG’s) training and experience as a Specialist Psychiatrist. This process of assessment for vocational registration is independent of the RANZCP pathway to Fellowship for SIMGs.
Vocational Registration in New Zealand
For specialist recognition in New Zealand, the Medical Council of New Zealand is the organisation responsible for this determination.
New Zealand Medical Council: http://www.mcnz.org.nz/
SIMGs based in New Zealand not intending to practice in Australia and who have gained Vocational Registration from the Medical Council of New Zealand, may apply to become Affiliates of the College. For further information, please contact the New Zealand National Office:
Telephone: +61 4472 7247
SIMGs residing in New Zealand who seek to pursue Fellowship of the RANZCP and who are not seeking to practice psychiatry in Australia, may apply for Specialist Pathway assessment directly to the RANZCP, rather than via the AMC. The application process is outlined under Pre-Fellowship - Overseas Specialists - New Applicants.
For more information on Fellowship for SIMGs, please email Specialist IMG Education staff via the Contacts page.