Aotearoa New Zealand registration – overseas specialists

Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia have different requirements for specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) wishing to practice as psychiatrists.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is not a requirement for specialist registration, whereas in Australia, it is mandatory.

Because of this, the process for specialist registration differs in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), which regulates specialist registration, seeks the advice of the RANZCP via the New Zealand Branch Office - Tu Te Akaaka Roa regarding a SIMG’s training and experience as a specialist psychiatrist. This process of assessment for registration is independent of the RANZCP pathway to Fellowship for SIMGs.

RANZCP membership

SIMGs based in Aotearoa New Zealand who are not intending to practice in Australia and who have gained vocational registration from the MCNZ may apply to become Affiliate members of the RANZCP.

SIMGs residing in Aotearoa New Zealand who want Fellowship of the RANZCP must undergo specialist assessment and if approved with join the Specialist Pathway. The application process is outlined on the Applying for specialist assessment page.

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