There are three required papers: Paediatrics, clinical epidemiology, and registrar chosen (approved by RNZCUC).  The Education Committee is responsible for deciding which courses, papers, and qualifications meet the Fellowship ‘university paper’ criteria. It accepts a broad range of university papers, qualifications and courses, and some medical college courses and qualifications, including Fellowships.

Before committing to any university paper or equivalent, confirm with the Education Committee or Director of Clinical Training that it is acceptable.

Below are some specific papers that are accepted, and some broad categories of papers, qualifications and courses from universities and medical Colleges that may be accepted. Registrars are encouraged to submit suggestions for courses of study for consideration.


• PAEDS 714 – University of Auckland
• GENA726 – University of Otago
• Paediatric Fellowship
• Diploma of community health (paediatrics)
• Other RNZCUC-approved equivalent

Note that the Otago University CHHE701 is not an approved equivalent.

Clinical epidemiology / biostatistics paper

• POPHLTH 709 – University of Auckland (Evidence for Best Practice)
• POPHLTH 708 – University of Auckland
• Massey university biostatistics paper
• Public health papers and degrees that include biostatistics
• Public health Fellowship
• Other RNZCUC-approved equivalent

Pre-graduate and 1st-year medical epidemiology papers are not an approved equivalent.

Optional paper (RNZCUC-approved paper of the registrar’s choice)

RNZCUC intends this to give registrars an opportunity to study an area of interest in more depth. Topics should be relevant to urgent care, and not covered elsewhere in the training programme
(see list below). RNZCUC may accept other ‘equivalent papers’, as defined above, proposed or prior, that meet the above intent. Examples of accepted optional papers include:

  • Distance learning options
    • University of Otago
      • GENA 717 Generalist Medical Echocardiography
      • GENA 718 Generalist Medical Ultrasound
      • SPME 701 Issues in Sports Medicine
      • SPME 707  Regional Sports Injury 1
      • SPME 708  Regional Sports Injury 2
      • MSME 705 Regional Disorders – spine (may run 2020)
      • MSME 706 Regional Disorders – limbs (may run 2020)
      • MSME 710 Recreational and Sports Injuries
  • Taught on-site
    • University of Auckland
      • POPLPRAC 702 Primary Mental Health – Community psychiatry; includes communication.
      • MAORIHTH 701 Foundations of Mäori Health
      • HLTHMGT 721 Health Management – Unit-level management. Suitable for those interested in facility management.
      • POPLHLTH 722 Organisation of Health Systems – Macro level health systems.
    • University of Otago
      • MSME 701 Clinical Diagnosis
Credits for Prior Learning and Experience (CPLE)

University diplomas and diploma papers from a country on the MCNZ’s list of countries with a healthcare system comparable to New Zealand’s, may be accepted at RNZCUC’s discretion. Medical college-based courses, such as ACEM’s Emergency Medicine Diploma, may also be accepted, provided they are comparable to a university course in depth and rigour of assessment. Please contact RNZCUC to check if an alternative paper or course is acceptable.

Fellows of other approved medical colleges may be granted an exemption for the ‘optional paper’, subject to Board of Censors approval.

Completion and refunds of fees for HWNZ-funded registrars

Registrars apply, and pay for, the university papers themselves.  Once they have successfully completed the paper, they complete this document requesting reimbursement and send to the College along with relevant documentation (pass certificate,  original GST invoice/receipt from the university paper).  On receipt of all necessary documentation, the College will refund the university paper fee (up to the HWNZ amounts allowed).