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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 practice 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:

  • evidence of eligibility for registration via one of the following assessment pathways:

    • standard pathway

    • specialist pathway – area of need.

  • if you are applying for registration to work in a general practice position, evidence of three years (full-time equivalent) experience in general practice or primary care

  • if you are applying via the standard pathway to work in a general practice position, successful completion of a pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI). Before you arrange a PESCI,Registration standard for limited registration for area of need also requires medical practitioners with this type of registration to:

  • comply with a supervision plan

  • comply with a professional development plan

  • authorize and facilitate the provision of regular reports from their supervisors about their safety and competence to practise

  • perform satisfactorily in the area of need position

  • provide evidence confirming satisfactory progress towards meeting the requirements required for general registration or specialist registration. Medical practitioners are exempt from this requirement if they will not apply for more than three renewals of registration.

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.

 

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:

  • Competent Authority pathway 

  • Standard pathway, or 

  • Specialist pathway   

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 recognised 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.

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 recognised by boththe Australian Medical Council and theWorld 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.

The Specialist pathway

The Specialist pathway is for the following IMGs: 

  • overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition), and

  • overseas-trained specialists applying for an area of need specialist level position in Australia (area of need)

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, can apply for assessment under this pathway (specialist recognition or area of need).

IMGs applying for the Specialist pathway should apply directly to the relevant specialist medical college for assessment.

Learn more about the Specialist pathway.

Specialist medical colleges’ specialist pathway data are available on the Statistics 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.

These included:

  1. Medical practitioners on the general practice vocational register on 30 June 2010

  2. Medical practitioners recognized as specialists by a state or territory medical board

  3. Medical practitioners who had been recognized by Medicare Australia as specialists after being assessed by a Specialist Recognition Advisory Committees (SRACs) or an Overseas Specialist Advisory Committees (OSACs)

As this was a transitional arrangement, no other medical practitioners will be eligible to be recognised as specialists through these routes after 30 June 2010.

The Board’s publicly available specialist register will be accessed by Medicare Australia to verify that a practitioner’s patients are able to obtain a specialist level rebate.

Period of provisional registration

Up to 12 months provisional registration can be granted by the Board. The National Law states that provisional registration may not be renewed more than two times. After two renewals, if you still require provisional registration to complete supervised practice, you must make a new application for provisional registration. You must not practice without registration.

Limited registration is available to medical practitioners whose medical qualifications are from a medical school outside of Australia or New Zealand.

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Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have completed a medical curriculum, leading to an entitlement to registration in the country issuing the degree to practice clinical medicine.

There are four types of limited registration, granted for different purposes, which allow internationally-qualified medical practitioners to provide medical services under supervision.

Applicants who are eligible for the competent authority pathway or who hold the AMC Certificate apply for provisional registration (they are not eligible to apply for limited registration).

  • Limited Registration 

  • Area of Need 

  • Public Interest 

  • Teaching in Research

Limited registration for postgraduate training or supervised practice

Typically, this type of registration is for international medical graduates (IMGs) who are undertaking supervised training in Australian hospitals or other health-care facilities.

IMGs may intend to return to their country of training after completing their training in Australia, or may seek to complete the requirements to become eligible for general or specialist registration.

This is also a suitable type of registration for medical practitioners who are undertaking training so that they can sit the Australian Medical Council (AMC) clinical examination.

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).

Medical practitioners with this type of registration must comply with the Medical Board of Australia’s registration standard on limited registration for postgraduate training or supervised practice, which includes requirements that they:

  • comply with a supervision plan 

  • comply with a training plan 

  • authorize and facilitate the provision of regular reports from their supervisors to the Board about their safety and competence to practice 

  • perform satisfactorily in the postgraduate training or supervised practice position, and 

  • provide evidence to confirm satisfactory progress towards meeting the requirements for general registration or specialist registration. Medical practitioners are exempt from this requirement if they will not apply for more than three renewals of registration.

Medical practitioners with this type of registration are in one of three pathways leading to general or specialist registration:

  • competent authority pathway (prior to 1 July 2014) 

  • standard pathway, or 

  • specialist pathway.

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 practice 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:

  • evidence of eligibility for registration via one of the following assessment pathways:

    • standard pathway

    • Specialist pathway – area of need.

  • if you are applying for registration to work in a general practice position, evidence of three years (full-time equivalent) experience in general practice or primary care

  • if you are applying via the standard pathway to work in a general practice position, successful completion of a pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI). Before you arrange a PESCI,

  • the registration standard for limited registration for area of need also requires medical practitioners with this type of registration to:

  • comply with a supervision plan

  • comply with a professional development plan

  • authorize and facilitate the provision of regular reports from their supervisors about their safety and competence to practice

  • perform satisfactorily in the area of need position

  • provide evidence confirming satisfactory progress towards meeting the requirements required for general registration or specialist registration. Medical practitioners are exempt from this requirement if they will not apply for more than three renewals of registration.

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.

Limited registration in public interest

Limited registration in the public interest applies in circumstances in which the Medical Board of Australia deems there is a 'public interest' in registering a medical practitioner. It is intended to be short-term, with a limited scope of practice. 

Examples of when it might be in the public interest to register a medical practitioner who is not eligible for general or specialist registration might include during natural disasters or pandemics.

All medical practitioners with limited registration in the public interest have to work under supervision. They are also required to:

  • perform satisfactorily in the position

  • authorize and facilitate the provision of regular reports from their supervisors about their safety and competence to practice.

Applicants who are granted more than four weeks registration must also comply with a professional development plan.

This is not a suitable type of registration for medical practitioners who are working towards meeting the requirements for general or specialist registration. It is not an alternative to limited registration for 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).

Limited registration for teaching or research

Medical practitioners with this type of registration will likely be working in a position that involves clinical teaching or research, for example, a university appointment. These practitioners can undertake limited clinical practice that is relevant to their teaching or research role. This type of registration is also used for experts to demonstrate a clinical technique or a procedure for a short term (e.g. usually four weeks or less).

Medical practitioners with limited registration for teaching or research are required to:

  • comply with a supervision plan if they are undertaking any clinical practice

  • comply with a professional development plan (if registration is for four or more weeks)

  • authorize and facilitate the provision of regular reports from their supervisors to the Board about their safety and competence to practice

  • perform satisfactorily in the teaching or research position and in any clinical practice undertaken

This is not a suitable type of registration for medical practitioners who are working towards meeting the requirements for general or specialist registration.

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).

Immigration Bulletin

Can Indian doctors work in Australia? The answer is, of course, yes. India provides one of the largest sources of overseas doctors or International Medical Graduates (IMGs) working in Australia at both a trainee doctor as well as specialist level.

Visas for General Practitioners

Health Workforce Certificate  a new requirement for employer sponsored visas

Visas for General Practitioners: Health Workforce Certificate ? a new requirement for employer sponsored visas commenced on 11 March 2019.
New requirements for employers sponsoring overseas doctors to work in Australia will commence on 11 March 2019. When employers lodge employer nomination applications for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa, Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visas or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa for an overseas trained doctor (OTD) in any of the occupations listed below, they must ensure the application includes a Health Workforce Certificate issued by a Rural Workforce Agency.

Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) (referred to as international medical graduates by the Medical Board of Australia) may be eligible to practise, under supervision, in a declared area of need position in Australia. The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) has an approved registration standard for limited registration for area of need. Where an OTD is seeking to work in a general practice area of need position, an assessment of prior general practice experience and a PESCI may be required.

Once you've achieved registration in Australia, you'll want to know more about the everyday practicalities of working as a doctor in this country.
In this section you'll find brief overviews of information specific to working as a general practitioner (GP), as a hospital non-specialist and as a specialist.

Indian MD/MSDegree is not recognized in Australia or any developed country.

Many Indians including Indian doctors are living and practicing here in Australia. Salary and work life balance is good here.You can search in here and check many are working for past couple of years. Many GP doctors in Lawton, Sydney, Melbourne and likewise are practicing in Australian medical centers.

Normally, as a permanent resident, your visa will let you leave and come back into Australia for up to five years from the date it was granted. After five years, if you want to leave and return to Australia as a permanent resident, you must have a Five Year Resident Return visa.
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Training visa (subclass 407)

How Training Visa 407 Helps

  • A training visa allows you to visit Australia and participate in an occupational training or professional development Stream

Features

This visa allows you to:

  • Take part in workplace-based training to enhance your skills in your current occupation, area of tertiary study, field of expertise

  • Participate in a professional development training programme in Australia.

Eligibility

Applicant Must:

  • Be nominated (unless your sponsor is a Common Wealth Government agency)

  • Be invited (if your sponsor is a Commonwealth Government agency) Usually be at least 18 years of age

  • Functional English language, you must provide evidence that you have functional English language skills to undertake the training. (eg. 4.5 IELTS)

  • Financial support, you might be asked to provide evidence that you can financially support yourself and your accompanying family members while in Australia.

Visa Duration (Length of stay)

From 6 months Up to 2 years

Benefits of the visa

The training visa subclass 407 allows you to:

  • Apply for the visa both onshore and offshore

  • Live in Australia for up to 2 years and complete the training specified in your application Leave and re-enter Australia frequently till the visa is valid

  • Bring eligible family members to accompany you in Australia (Family members who are granted a visa to join you in Australia can work as per their visa conditions.)

  • Bring eligible family members including your or your partner's dependent child/ren you must have an evidence to support a claimed family relationship. You must also have a written statementincluding an approval from your sponsor to sponsor your family members

Applicant Obligations

While you are in Australia, you and your family must:

  • Comply with Australian laws, including all the requirements and conditions of your visa

  • Leave Australia before your granted period of stay ends and your visa expires Maintain adequate health insurance.

  • Not have an outstanding public health debt while in Australia including the cost of any health related services

  • Received in Australia. This does not include health costs otherwise covered, such as by health insurance, Medicare (if eligible), or treatment for certain community health risks such as tuberculosis. If you incur a debt that is left unpaid, your visa eligibility may be affected.

As an occupational trainee, you must:

Participate fully in the occupational training or professional development programme you were nominated for (you cannot stop participating) Not do any work, other than in relation to your approved training programme

  • Not become unemployed, leave your training to work for someone else, or work for someone else in a second job

  • Not do any other activities that could affect your participation in the training programme

  • Tell your sponsor if your personal circumstances change, such as if you cannot continue the training

  • Tell your sponsor if you have any concerns about the training programme.

How to Apply

Step (1)

Documents required from the Applicant translated in English:

  • 1- Detailed resume showing the applicant's employment history and current employment (position and job description/Duties)

  • 2- Evidence (e.g. employer letter on letterhead) to show that the applicant has been working for 12 months in the last two years in his field of expertise

  • 2- Passport copy (pdf)

  • 3- Copies of all the applicant's qualifications including the transcript results (pdf)

  • 4- Functional English equivalent to IELTS result (minimum 4.5 is acceptable for the visa 407)

  • 5- Complete New Era Institute application form

Questions to be answered by the applicant:

  • 1- What is your current occupation?

  • 2- Have you been in Australia before? If yes, please send the copy of the expired visa.

  • 3- Have you ever been rejected by the department of Immigration in Australia? If yes, what visa have you applied for? And what was the reason of rejection?

  • 4- Copy of the rejection notification is required

Once we receive all the above information and documents, New Era Institute will assess the applications and get back to you.

Step (2)

Assessment process - if the application is accepted by New Era Institute then we issue the invoice for payment as follows:

  • New Era Institute fee for the main applicant for one year: $12,500 ($1500 is non - refundable)

  • Other charges e.g. migration agent fee and DIBP visa application and OSHC are not included.

  • (Migration Agent Fee= $3000 + Nomination Charges = $170 + Visa application=$280
    (extra charge for family members)

Step (3)

After receiving the full fee, New Era Institute will nominate, develop and provide the training plan program customized for the applicant including the training needs analysis to be lodged by the migration agent for the visa application process.

  • The Structure of the professional development training sessions:

  • The applicant is required to attend a minimum of 30 hours per week.

More information can be found on

  • newerainstitute.edu.au

  • immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST OF MIGRANTS 2020

CANADA/ AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND  OCCUPATION LIST

FOR Doctors & OTHERS

 

S.No

Occupation Name

3

Cardiologist

4

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

5

Clinical Hematologis

6

Clinical Psychologist

7

Dermatologist

8

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

9

Gastroenterologist

10

Medical Administrator**

11

Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

12

Medical Laboratory Scientist

13

Medical Oncologist

14

Medical Practitioners nec

15

Medical Radiation Therapist

16

Neurologist

17

Neurosurgeon

18

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

19

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

20

Occupational Therapist

21

Ophthalmologist

22

Optometrist

23

Organizational Psychologist

24

Orthopedic Surgeon

25

Orthotics or Prosthetics

26

Osteopath

27

Other Spatial Scientist

28

Otorhinolaryngologist

29

Pediatric Surgeon

30

Pediatrician

31

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

32

Pathologist

33

Physicist (Medical Physicist only)

34

Physiotherapist

35

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

36

Podiatrist

37

Primary Health Organization Manager

38

Psychiatrist

39

Psychologists

40

Psychotherapist

41

Radiation Oncologist

42

Renal Medicine Specialist

43

Rheumatologist

44

Specialist Physician (General Medicine)

45

Specialist Physicians

46

Surgeon (General)

47

Thoracic Medicine Specialist

48

Urologist

49

Vascular Surgeon

NURSES

 

S.No

Occupation Name

52

Midwife

53

Nurse Practitioner

54

Nursing Clinical Director

55

Primary Health Organization Manager

56

Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

57

Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

58

Registered Nurse (Community Health)

59

Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

60

Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)