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Health Staff Now Available To NZ Market

23 May 2006

More Than 60,000 International Health Staff Now Available To NZ Market

Access to one of the world’s most extensive databases of eligible medical professionals seeking work is now available to the New Zealand healthcare sector.

United Kingdom-based Medacs Plc is one of the largest and longest-established global health professional recruitment companies. It has now formally entered the Australasian market following its earlier acquisition of locally-based market leader, HealthLink. Now rebranded as Medacs Healthcare NZ, the local company plans to substantially expand its medical recruitment activities in the New Zealand health sector.

It has more than 60,000 qualified health professionals on its UK database, with a further 600 candidates registering each month.

Medacs New Zealand managing director, Debbie McDean, says the move into the New Zealand market by Medacs had been a strategic decision.

“In today’s marketplace to recruit the best health professionals it’s imperative to have strong global links.

“As part of Medacs we now have a direct link into this enormous talent pool maintained by one of the largest health professional recruitment companies in the UK.

“With our access to these candidates we will be providing the conduit to attract highly qualified, internationally-based, medical staff for the New Zealand health sector.

She says internationally the company will be actively seeking to recruit both expats as well as medical staff seeking to relocate to New Zealand.

“There is no doubt many medical professionals travel overseas to further their studies; gain higher qualifications and broaden their experience. Through the database, not only will we be able to contact Kiwi health personnel living abroad, but we can also actively promote New Zealand as a preferred destination to suitably qualified foreign nationals.”

Previously general manager of HealthLink, Ms McDean says the company had already established a reputation for assisting medical staff moving to this country.

“As part of this we work very closely with the Department of Immigration and the various Registration boards,” she said.

The health professional recruitment market in New Zealand is currently estimated to be worth well in excess of $NZ 20 million each year.

In New Zealand, Medacs will continue to recruit both temporary and permanent nursing staff locally, as well as locum and permanent placement of other key health professionals, such as doctors, medical specialists and surgeons, for both the public and private health sectors.

“We now expect to add to our recruitment list dental surgeons, optometrists and all areas of allied health.”

Ms McDean said Medacs New Zealand role is focused totally upon recruitment for the local health sector.

“We are not seeking to export qualified staff overseas,” she said.

Medacs Plc has been established for over 50 years in the UK and is part of CSG, one of the largest recruitment groups in the world, listed on the London Stock Exchange. Based in Auckland, HealthLink was founded 17 years ago and has established itself as one of the most influential health recruitment companies in New Zealand. As Medacs Healthcare New Zealand it will continue to service both the public and private health sector throughout the country.

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