If you are looking for health care or nursing jobs in New Zealand, then you’re headed towards a new life in a country that believes in the importance of a good work-life balance, offers an excellent standard of living and a wide range of positions available in your area of expertise. What else could you want?
The system is mainly funded by the state, and is well regarded in terms of standards and services offered when compared to other countries in the OECD. The government takes a large interest in the health of Kiwis and many services are either free or heavily subsidised, allowing many people to access the care they need. There are also a growing number of private providers, many of whom are still eligible to receive government subsidies.
Not everything is covered. A visit to the local GP will still cost a New Zealander money, (though less for the young or old) and dentists are not subsidised.
In general, those working in healthcare or nursing jobs in New Zealand are well respected and considered an important part of New Zealand’s society.
Kiwi’s tend to believe that it’s important to enjoy time away from work. While at work they tend to be focussed and put a lot of energy into their time, working hard to meet targets and goals, so that once they are away from it they can fully unwind and enjoy themselves. This is in part due to the great outdoors many enjoy walking, running, swimming and playing sport in. For those who prefer a quieter pace, sitting down outside a cafe or bar for a quiet drink at the end of the day is one of life’s little pleasures.
Many immigrants comment on how easy it is to slot into medical facilities and how much they enjoy being able to progress through their planned career path a little faster in this smaller and less populated country. They also comment on the friendliness of people, particularly if they have relocated to one of the smaller centres where their contribution is especially welcomed. Some even comment on how easy the commutes are, or the weekly shopping experiences, showing that for many it’s those little things that can make a big difference.
Making a decision to move to another country is about choosing to have your life ruled by more than your career, enjoying a healthier lifestyle for you and your family, while working in one of the many current vacancies available in health care and nursing jobs in New Zealand.
People seeking complimentary health treatment no longer need to travel considerable distances to obtain the specific type of therapy they require. This is particularly true of therapies that adopt an holistic approach to healthcare provision. Patients that are suffering from conditions that typically do not respond well to conventional medicine are seeking alternatives in considerable numbers. As conventional medicine is a system designed to treat the condition rather than the person as a whole, increasing numbers of people are interested in exploring complimentary health practices that view them as an individual.
This has never been more true than where acupuncture is concerned. Being an holistic therapy, acupuncture focuses on the entire body, with the intention of detecting subtle imbalances that affect the overall state of health of the individual. It is this person-focussed approach that seems to make it such a popular alternative to orthodox medicine.
The costs involved in seeking complimentary healthcare have been significantly reduced by the fact that there is a consistent increase in demand. This has been a critical factor in prompting the prevailing widespread provision of many therapies. All major cities in the UK, including Bristol, now have a broad range of practicing complimentary health practitioners, making the idea of pursuing an alternative health programme a local consideration.
But reducing the cost of travel is only one side of the equation. The fact that most of the complimentary health treatments are time intensive means that a patient will often spend up to one hour receiving treatment during each session. Whilst this compares well to the amount of time typically spent waiting in hospitals as part of an orthodox referral programme, the time spent with a complimentary health therapist is considerably longer than the average visit to the GP, which typically averages out at six minutes with the doctor. Again, this does not include time spent in the waiting room, which can often add another half an hour to the process.
It is important however, to distinguish between the time spent seeking treatment, and the time spent receiving treatment. The fact that waiting times impact the patient in an orthodox setting does not mean that this impacts the cost of provision. The reverse is actually true. The waiting room system is designed to ensure that it does not deploy the assistance of the health care professional, thus protecting their earning potential. This model is reversed in a complimentary health setting, where little time is spent waiting, and the large proportion of time is spent receiving treatment, thus diminishing the earning potential of the therapist.
Few complimentary health professionals are in a position to address this problem as they do not receive assistance from such comprehensive support networks like the National Health System. There are however, a small number of forward thinking therapists that have gone to great lengths to ensure that their expertise is available to all, by creating multi-functioning treatment spaces that address the needs of clients simultaneously. It is a very revolutionary concept here in the UK, but examples of this new approach can be found in Bristol and Oxford.