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About Urgent Care


RNZCUC has developed and published standards for community based urgent care clinics.  Key features that define an urgent care clinic include the presence of x-ray on-site or within (covered) wheelchair distance and extended hours, typically at least 8am – 8pm seven days.

Training facilities

RNZCUC generally accepts Clinics that meet the above criteria and hospital Emergency Departments for urgent care training purposes.

Facilities that nearly meet these criteria may be considered by RNZCUC individually with reference to other indicators of Urgent Care functionality, including actual opening hours and how well these meet the needs of the community served, proximity of x-ray, dedicated plaster and resuscitation rooms, equipment levels, orthopaedic clinics on-site, and an assessment of whether the physicians provide Urgent Care.


RNZCUC was initially formed in 1992 by doctors working in community clinics and hospital emergency departments, and in 1995 became an incorporated society, the Accident and Medical Practitioners Association (AMPA). The New Zealand Medical Council recognised Accident and Medical Practice as a branch of medicine in 2000.

In 2011, AMPA changed its name to College of Urgent Care Physicians Incorporated, the branch name to urgent care, and the doctor's designation to urgent care physician. In 2013, by Royal decree, it changed again to Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care.


As at January 2016, there are about 330 RNZCUC urgent care physicians, with around 70% working in community clinics and 30% in hospital emergency departments (with a collegial relationship with a Fellow of ACEM).


- To develop and advance the delivery of urgent care.
- To represent its members to statutory bodies, government, the media and other entities.
- To foster research in urgent care.


Vocational Registration

RNZCUC administers a four-year post-graduate urgent care training programme leading to Fellowship of RNZCUC. It also runs a recertification programme, for the ongoing education of urgent care Fellows.

Government bodies

RNZCUC consults the Ministry of Health, ACC, Regional Health Authorities and many other government organisations. In common with other Colleges, it has a close relationship with the MCNZ and comments on proposed MCNZ policy changes.

Other Colleges

RNZCUC seeks to have strong collegial relationships with other Colleges, in particular its neighbours in general practice, emergency medicine and rural hospital medicine.


RNZCUC is affiliated with the NZMA.

Rules and Regulations

RNZCUC is an incorporated society, governed by rules and regulations.


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