Prepare your application

Before you begin your GPEP application you’ll need to organise your documentation and references and prepare answers to pātai about general practice in Aotearoa and your goals in this specialty.

Documentation for New Zealand citizens or permanent residents

On your application form (note: this becomes available when applications are open) you’ll need to upload a recent passport-sized photo as well as one of the following:

  • the photo page of your New Zealand Passport, or
  • your birth certificate, or
  • your citizenship certificate.

You will also need to upload copies of your:

  • current or most recent Medical Council Annual Practising Certificate (APC), and
  • current or most recent Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (ACLS), and
  • your current Medical Indemnity Insurance
  • second form of identification.

Documentation for non-New Zealand citizens or permanent residents

On your application form, you’ll need to upload copies of:

Dr Jason Tuhoe walks his children to school
General practice gives Dr Jason Tuhoe flexibility to spend more time with his tamariki.

Two references 

You will be asked to provide the names and contact details of two clinical supervisors that you have worked with in the last three years.

Please make sure that your referees are aware that you have nominated them to provide a reference for you, because an external third-party recruiter will contact them to complete reference checks.

If the recruiter can’t get in touch with your referee, they will contact you to provide another appropriate referee.

Pātai for all GPEP applicants

In addition to the documents outlined above, all applicants will be asked to write carefully considered answers (maximum of 500 words each) to the following pātai.

  • Why do you aspire to be a GP?
  • What do you hope to achieve during your GP career?
  • Which people have influenced you most on your journey to general practice and why?
  • Describe a difficult situation you have experienced, either with a patient or a professional work team, and describe the role that effective communication played in resolving it.
  • Despite the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori have endured disproportionate health inequities since 1840. Tell us, how as a GP would you go about redressing these?
  • What is your understanding of Te Tiriiti o Waitangi and its relevance to health in Aotearoa and Māori health outcomes?
  • Health inequities also exist in Aotearoa for other communities including Pasifika people, people living with disabilities, people living rurally and people from the LGBTQI community.  Discuss how you might meet the needs of one of these communities within your practice?
  • Describe the clinical experiences you have completed to date that are most relevant to General Practice (max 500 words)

Application fee

Excluding GST

GPEP year 1 application fee (excluding GST)


The fee for applying for the programme

Late change fee (excluding GST)


The fee applies if change is raised after Letter of Offer received