Doctors For Australia
Limited registration for area of need
Medical practitioners with limited registration for area of need are working under supervision in an area of Australia where there is a shortage of medical practitioners. They are usually registered to practise in a rural or remote location.
These practitioners have been assessed as having the necessary skills, training and experience to undertake this practice safely. The state or territory Minister for Health (or their delegate) must declare that the area in which the applicant will work is an ’area of need’.
New applicants who are eligible for the competent authority pathway or who already hold the AMC Certificate apply for provisional registration (they are not eligible to apply for limited registration).
The requirements for this type of registration are defined in the Medical Board of Australia’s registration standard for limited registration for area of need. The requirements include:
The registration standard for limited registration for area of need also requires medical practitioners with this type of registration to:
Assessment of experience in general practice or primary care
Applicants applying for registration to work in general practice must provide evidence of three years (full-time equivalent) experience working in general practice or primary care. The Board will assess an applicant’s experience as part of their application for registration. If you have had your experience formally assessed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for another reason, you will not require further assessment of your experience by the Board. However, you must provide with your application for registration, evidence from the college that confirms you have three years (full-time equivalent) experience working in general practice or primary care.
Pathway To Australia For Medicos
He must follow the following procedure to become eligible to practice.
Assessment pathways to registration for international medical graduates
International medical graduates (IMGs) whose medical qualifications are from a medical school outside of Australia or New Zealand and who are seeking registration to practice medicine in Australia must provide evidence of eligibility to undertake one of the following assessment pathways:
The assessment process assesses the knowledge and clinical skills of IMGs seeking to qualify for medical registration in Australia.
The Competent Authority pathway
The Competent Authority pathway is for overseas-trained non-specialists, but is also available to specialists, including general practitioners. This pathway leads to general registration.
IMGs who have passed recognized examinations or have completed training through a Board approved competent authority, can apply for assessment under this pathway.
IMGs applying for the Competent Authority pathway should apply directly to the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) for provisional registration.
Learn more about the Competent Authority pathway.
The Standard pathway
The Standard pathway is for IMGs seeking general registration with the Board. This pathway applies to IMGs who are not eligible for the Competent Authority pathway or the Specialist pathway.
IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognized by both the Australian Medical Council and the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS) can apply for assessment under this pathway.
IMGs applying for the Standard pathway should apply directly to the Australian Medical Council (AMC).
IMGs must pass the AMC CAT MCQ Examination before they can apply to the Board for registration.
Learn more about the Standard pathway.
The Specialist pathway
The Specialist pathway is for the following IMGs:
IMGs applying for the Specialist pathway should apply directly to the relevant specialist medical college for assessment. specialist medical colleges' specialist pathway data are available on the page.
Short term training in a medical specialty pathway
The short term training in a medical specialty pathway is for IMGs who are overseas-trained specialists or specialists-in-training wishing to undertake a short period (usually up to 24 months) of specialist or advanced training in Australia.
This pathway does not lead to registration as a specialist in Australia. IMGs seeking to qualify for specialist registration apply for registration via the specialist pathway - specialist recognition.
IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognized by both the Australian Medical Council and the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS) and who have satisfied all the training and examination requirements to practice in their field of specialty in their country of training or who are no more than two years away from completing their specialist training overseas, can apply for assessment under this pathway (short term training in a medical specialty pathway).
IMGs applying for the Short term training in a medical specialty pathway apply directly to the relevant specialist medical college for assessment using a Board application form (AAMC-30) before applying to the Board for registration.
Learn more about the Short term training in a medical specialty pathway.
Which pathway am I eligible for?
To help you decide which pathway may be relevant to you, an initial self-assessment check and an overview of the pathways is provided as a guide.
Note: If you currently hold, or have previously held, general registration in Australia you are able to complete the specialist recognition process while holding general registration. You are not eligible to apply for limited or provisional registration to complete the specialist recognition process.
Period of general registration
When you are first granted general registration, you are granted registration up to 30 September. Thereafter, you may apply to renew registration annually by 30 September.
Specialist registration is available to medical practitioners who have been assessed by an AMC accredited specialist college as being eligible for fellowship. Fellowship is not a pre-requisite for specialist registration.
The Ministerial Council has approved a list of specialties, fields of specialty practice and specialist titles.
Medical practitioners with the necessary qualifications in the approved specialties will be included on the Specialist Register and their specialist title will be protected by law.
During the transition to the National Law, a range of other medical practitioners were able to be included on the specialist register as a ‘one-off‘transitional arrangement.