Specialists (SMO)

Calling all Senior Medical Officers - take your career to new heights! 

Aotearoa, New Zealand offers a broad range of opportunities for Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) in a range of environments from fast-paced metropolitan centres to community-focused healthcare in urban, rural, and remote settings. 

Senior Medical Officers (SMOs), often referred to as Specialists or Consultants.

The term SMO is used to distinguish these Doctors from Doctors who are still in training and are collectively referred to as Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) or Doctors in training. SMOs complete a vocational training programme, after which the Medical Council of New Zealand (Medical Council) may register them to practise within a defined scope of practice in a particular branch of medicine.

SMOs are on Tier 1 of New Zealand's Green List which means you are eligible for the Straight to Residence Visa and can apply for New Zealand residency before you arrive, provided you have a job offer from an accredited employer, like us!

We’re looking for talented Senior Medical Officers, Medical Specialists, Consultants and Fellows across a vast array of services to join us in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

  • Senior Medical Officers usually earn between $165,000 and $245,000 a year
  • Most of our workforce receive a minimum of six (6) weeks annual leave and the salary is based on working 40 hours a week
  • Other benefits include:
    • Maternity leave for one year with six weeks full pay
    • Long Service Leave
    • Onerous Duties Leave
    • Ongoing Professional Development and Education
    • Research and Publications

To work in Aotearoa, New Zealand you will require an appropriate registration.

  • Senior Medical Officers need to be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Have a current Annual Practising Certificate
  • Have completed a vocational training programme.

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Senior Clinicians, SMOs may carry out a variety of functions within their vocational scope including:

  • diagnosis and treatment 
  • clinical leadership
  • supervision
  • training
  • management
  • research