About MedRecruit

In 2003 Sam Hazledine graduated as doctor and began his medical career. He began with a twinkle in his eye and a desire to heal the sick, but soon after starting practising he realised that all was not well; many doctors were exhausted, disillusioned and just going through the motions; what had started as a calling had turned into a job that was draining them.

Many doctors were turning to medical recruitment agencies to help them find the work they wanted, but agencies were caught up in an ‘Agency Race’ to be the first to send hospitals CVs when they advertised their vacancies. As a result doctors’ CVs were being sent to inappropriate hospitals and they were getting work that didn’t suit them, and hospitals were not getting the best matched doctors. 

As a result a staggering 25% of doctors where leaving the profession within three years of graduation and many hospitals were struggling with their staffing.

In 2006, Sam and his wife Claire established a medical recruitment agency whose aim was to enrich the lives of doctors across Australasia by partnering with them to achieve their career, lifestyle and financial goals, and provide hospitals and clinics with certainty in their staffing; MedRecruit was born.

Today MedRecruit employs over 40 staff and has offices in both Australia and New Zealand.  Over the past seven years, MedRecruit has focused on providing the best match between doctors and hospitals, giving doctors back their lifestyles and giving hospitals the doctors they need, and in doing so has positively impacted the provision of healthcare throughout Australasia.

MedRecruit is in the business of partnering with health care providers to do more with less, while increasing quality at the same time, and by doing this MedRecruit is now the first choice for the majority of hospitals and clinics, which means our doctors have the best chance of being matched the work that best meets their career, lifestyle and financial aspirations; so you really can love your work.

Key milestones




MedRecruit incorporated


First offices – Hope Gibbons Building, Wellington


Business focus – lifestyle and career for doctors


Move company HQ to Queenstown


Sam wins inaugural Conway-Petrie Marketing Award


Sam finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year


Dare Dr Sam kicks off with a cold water-ski across Lake Wakatipu in a leopard print G-string


First rewards program in medical recruitment launched


MedRecruit named fastest growing Business Services Business and second fastest growing business overall in Deloitte Fast 50 awards


Business focus – we are a service business that happens to be in medical recruitment


MedRecruit named in Deloitte Fast 50 for the second year


MedRecruit takes out Queenstown Business Awards with the Supreme Award, the top Medium Sized Business Award and the Young Entrepreneur Award


Acquired ‘Locums PRN’, the first agency Sam ever worked through as a locum doctor


Gold Coast offices open – the team want more surfing!


MedRecruit employee numbers reach 20


Business focus – partnering with doctors to realise their dreams and creating certainty and confidence for hospitals in their staffing


Sam takes 100% ownership of MedRecruit


MedRecruit named in Deloitte Fast 50 for the third year


Start business development division in Australia


MedRecruit named in Deloitte Fast 50 for the fourth year


MedRecruit finalist in SEEK SARA awards


Sam Hazledine named ‘Ernst & Young – Young Entrepreneur of the Year’


MedRecruit named ‘Medium-Large Business of the Year’ in the Westpac Queenstown Business Awards


Staff numbers exceed 30 people


Sam Hazledine wins New Zealand regional RCSA PEARL award for professional emerging and aspiring recruitment leaders


Sam Hazledine finalist in the Leadership category of the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards


MedRecruit’s Australia office moves to larger premises in Robina, Queensland


Sam’s book Unfair Fight is published by Random House in New Zealand


Sam Hazledine presented with the prestigious Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award


Our vision:  Enrich Lives

Our values:

Our culture is the foundation of our service, it is our identity, and it is a reflection of our commitment to our clients. Our culture can be summed up with one simple question; what more can I do?

Our values are not just words; it is our ethos, it is the way we do things around here. It is who we are and how we behave, internally and externally.


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