NZ attempts to lure UK medics as baby boomers age

As New Zealand's population ages more pressure is going on the health system, resulting in a shortage of operating theatre specialists and physios.

Recruitment agents are looking overseas to fill the gaps and a number of experienced professionals are choosing to head downunder.

As New Zealand's population ages, more pressure goes on the health system and hospitals are looking abroad for the required manpower. Source: 1 NEWS

Prudence Thomson is in London recruiting medical migrants and says many want to move permanently for the lifestyle.

"We can't fill some of the theatre lists, we can't operate on people because there are not enough anaesthetic technicians to fill those gaps," the co-owner of Accent Health Recruitment says.

Professionals have checked out the London event to find out about living and working overseas and it seems New Zealand is a popular choice.

While 40 percent of NZ's medical workforce comes from overseas there are still shortages in key areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, urgent care doctors and rural GPs.

And as our population ages, our need for more skilled hands increases.

New Zealand has an edge over Australia because they only allow migrants to apply for residency up to the age of 45, whereas in NZ it's 56 and they can apply for a work visa after that.

But the process takes time, with many more forms and checks required.