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Ngā tākuta

GPs (general practitioners) are doctors who look after the health of people in the community. They work with people of all ages and have a broad range of medical knowledge on different health conditions.

They mostly work at general practices. But they also work in after-hours clinics, providing 24-hour medical care.

What GPs do

Your GP can get to know you and your family over time and help to look after your health needs.

GPs are part of the community medical team who work together to look after you and your family's wellbeing. Other members of the community medical team include dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, practice nurses, pharmacists and optometrists.

Finding a GP

For general practices currently taking new patients, phone Primary and Community Services on (03) 687‑2307.

To find the contact details and fee schedule for a general practice see Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury – General Practice.

Qualifications and training

Doctors in New Zealand must complete a six-year medical degree. After graduation, they must work for another two years to gain further training both in hospitals and the community.

GPs must also complete a three-year training programme in general practice. After completing the training programme and exams, they gain the Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners qualification.

GPs from overseas must have an international postgraduate medical qualification in general practice that is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2021. Last updated June 2022.


See also:

General practice teams

Preparing for your doctor's visit

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