Any medical practitioner wishing to be considered for the New
Zealand College of Public Health Medicine Training Programme must
formally submit an application form and the required supporting
Recruitment to the Training Programme is undertaken annually.
Applications to the Training Programme will open in May and close
at noon on Monday 7 June 2021.
Applicants should electronically submit the completed application form and required information to
the College office by the closing date. Upon application the
College office will email the applicant with a referee report form
that the applicant should send to their referees. All referee
reports must be received directly from the named referee via email
An application fee applies; the fee for 2021 is $536 inc. gst. A
reduced fee of $270 inc. gst. applies where an applicant makes a
second application in the following year. If the applicant is in a
situation of financial hardship, they should contact the General
Manager of the College to discuss a reduced application fee. Māori
and Pacific applicants accepted into the training programme will
have their application fees reimbursed upon commencement of
Please note that applicants to the Training Programme must hold
general registration (or vocational registration
in a scope other than Public Health), be eligible to hold an annual
practising certificate at the time the programme commences as well
as be in good standing with the Medical Council of New
Zealand. Applicants must also have at least two years of post
graduate experience and hold New Zealand permanent residency or
Further information for potential Registrars is
The selection process takes place in July and August for
positions commencing on 1 March of the following year. The number
of training places offered annually is subject to availability of
funding from Health Workforce.
The selection process consists of:
- assessment of the supporting information submitted with the
application form, to determine applicants for short-listing;
- personal interview of short-listed applicants; and
- written reports from two referees.
- Selection of Registrars Policy
Each applicant must supply all of the following information
electronically, to the following specification:
1. Application form: this must be
completed and signed. Please provide full details, marked
'confidential', if you have ever been the subject of any
disciplinary action in the past, or any disciplinary investigation
is currently underway or pending.
2. Reflective piece: a 300 to 500 word
reflective piece of writing on why public health medicine is your
chosen career. This document must be produced on a word
3. Curriculum vitae: a recently updated
curriculum vitae including the names of two referees. Referees
should be doctors with whom you have worked and who are agreeable
to act as your referee; at least one should be from a public health
background if possible. You will be sent a referee report form to
send to your referees on receipt of your application. It will be
your responsibility to send these forms to your referees for return
to the College within the timeframe required. Your CV should draw
attention to particular skills and experiences of potential
relevance to public health medicine.
4. Recent photograph: please submit a recent
photograph of yourself with your application.
5. Certificates and transcripts: scanned
certified copies of relevant certificates and transcripts
(including medical school qualification, current practising
certificate, any previous public health qualifications claimed and
6. Identification: please include a certified
copy of the pages from your passport recording your personal
details, your birth certificate or other proof that you are a
permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand.
7. Career Plan: a Career Plan is a requirement
of Health Workforce New Zealand. To support your application please
provide a copy of your current plan for your future in
If you do not already have a Career Plan you can access the College Career Plan template here.
Certificate of Professional Status: successful
applicants will be offered a position on the Training Programme
subject to receipt of a satisfactory Certificate of Professional
Status from the Medical Council of New Zealand and any other
regulatory body that they have been registered with within the last
It is important that ALL of this information is
submitted electronically to the College office by the due date or
the application will not be considered further. The information
requested above is to submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information provided with applications is only used by the
Training Programme for the purposes of selecting Registrars.
For applicants accepted into the Training Programme, application
information is retained until the Registrar is granted Fellowship
of the College. Information relating to Registrars is accessed by
the Training Programme Director and Training Programme Supervisors,
the auditor, officers of the College and Training Programme and, if
the need arises, a legal advisor. Once training commences, the
details of each Registrar are also supplied to Health Workforce NZ
for funding purposes.
The application information relating to unsuccessful candidates
is securely destroyed.
No information submitted will be disclosed to parties other than
those identified above. Applicants may request access to their
information held by the Training Programme, and may identify
corrections where that information is incorrect.