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International medical students and graduates


Studying Medicine in Australia

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International Medical Graduates (IMGs), someone with a medical qualification from a medical school outside of Australia or New Zealand, wishing to practise medicine in Australia face a number of processes that they must complete in order to gain registration and employment. 

Many medical schools offer undergraduate and graduate entry international full-fee places.  

Visit the ISAT information website (International Student Admission Test). 

As a full fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs.  Instead, you pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course, which must be paid in full upfront.  

On average, a standard full-time year of study in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) will cost $75,000 (plus or minus) for international students.

Full fee paying students are not guaranteed an internship following graduation from medical school, and may be forced to continue training overseas.  You should carefully consider whether you accept this risk when enrolling in a full-fee place.

In 2013 just over one-fifth of all medical students were fee-paying with three-quarters of these occupied by international students.  

Some Australian universities offer medical degree courses offshore in places such as Dubai and Malaysia.  Check carefully as intern placements in Australia are not necessarily available for graduates of these courses.

Junior Doctor Training Program

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The Junior Doctor Training Program - Private Hospital Stream (outlined in the 2018 Budget) replaces the former Commonwealth Medical Internships initiative.

Please follow the link below to find out more information about this initiative:
Junior Doctor Training Program - Private Hospital Stream

Already qualified in medicine?

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As an International Medical Graduate there are several key factors relating to registration, accreditation and employment options that you have to consider when embarking on your medical career.

To help facilitate these processes we have highlighted the relevant agencies, departments and councils you will need to be in contact with to get your career started here in Australia. See below.

Information Sources

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Doctor Portal Learning

doctorportal Learning is a state-of-the-art, mobile friendly, CPD learning management system for Australian doctors. Developed with the busy doctor in mind, doctorportal Learning offers you:

  • CPD point tracking across multiple specialties
  • 24/7 access to online, medical education
  • a range of learning content that suits your interests and/or speciality
  • support in meeting your MBA CPD reporting obligations
  • guidance on your CPD requirements

Register today for your FREE 60 day trial to see how doctorportal Learning can help you manage your CPD.

Medicare Australia 

Medicare is a publicly funded universal health care scheme in Australia. Operated by the government authority Medicare Australia, Medicare is the primary funder of health care in Australia, funding primary health care for Australian citizens and permanent residents (except for those on Norfolk Island). Residents are entitled to subsidised treatment from medical practitioners, eligible midwives, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals who have been issued a Medicare provider number, and can also obtain free treatment in public hospitals. 

Department of Health's Medicare Billing Compliance Module is available on doctorportal Learning

Department of Home Affairs
Department of Home Affairs will provide advice on the type of Visa required and how to apply.  This will be an important first stop in your wish to practise medicine in Australia.

Australian Medical Council

The Australian Medical Council provides an easy to read diagram of the pathway to registration and employment as a medical practitioner.  This is also a critical step in your wish to practise medicine in Australia.

Medical Board of Australia

The Medical Board of Australia oversees the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (which is the registering authority for health professionals in Australia). Visit the MBA website for a range of resources including various guides on medical practice requirements for Health Practitioners working in Australia.

Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia PDF (138 KB) Web page 
Guidelines for advertising regulated health services PDF (155 KB)Web page
Guidelines for mandatory notificationsPDF (149 KB)Web page
Sexual boundaries: guidelines for doctorsPDF (110 KB) 
Guidelines for technology based patient consultations
Information on inter-jurisdictional technology based patient consultations is available on the FAQ and Fact Sheets page.
PDF (74.5 KB) 
Guidelines - Supervised practice for international medical graduates
Further information about supervision is available on the Supervision page.
PDF (146 KB) 

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
AHPRA registers medical practitioners and other health professionals.  It is responsible for ensuring Continuing Medical Education (CME) is undertaken and insurance is in place.

Department of Health

The Department of Health is a department of the Government of Australia charged with overseeing the running of Australia's health system, including supporting universal and affordable access to medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services, as well as helping people to stay healthy through health promotion, participation and exercise and other disease prevention activities. 

Doctor Connect
Doctor Connect is a great resource for those qualified primary care international graduates wishing to practise as general practitioners in Australia. 

AMA Recruit
AMA Recruit is a service company of AMA WA and specialises in medical recruitment.

Registration and Accreditation

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The organisations below are your first contact points as International Medical Graduates seeking employment in Australia as medical officers. They provide the information and pathways relevant to obtaining certification of your medical degree and your medical registration which is a requirement for practising medicine here in Australia.

Support programs for AMC Examinations and Pathways

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Employment Information

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Support Services

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Return to the AMA Career Service for more information on what services are available through the Service or contact careers@ama.com.au.  Examples of support and assistance include: resume building, applications, and interview skills training and tips and tricks and the specialist training pathway guide and web addresses for the specialist Colleges. 

International Medical Graduates and the AMA

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"We really value overseas-trained doctors, international medical graduates. They're a big part of our health system. They're among my friends and closest colleagues. They've been a really important part of the health workforce jigsaw in Australia, which underinvested in medical students for a long period of time. Over the past 10, 15, 20 years, and well before that, overseas-trained doctors have provided quality care to patients in all parts of the country and in many sectors of the health system."      Dr Michael Gannon, AMA President 2015 - 2017

 

The AMA Position Statement on International Medical Graduates 2015 replaced the AMA Position Statement on Overseas Trained Doctors 2004.  

The Position Statement sets out the AMA’s policy on IMGs, particularly those IMGs who are yet to establish themselves in the Australian medical workforce, and recommends priorities for recruiting, assessing, training, and supporting IMGs.

 

DISCLAIMER: 

This material is generic in nature and is made available on the understanding that the AMA is not engaged in rendering professional advice. Before relying on the material provided, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, and should obtain professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances where necessary.Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this Resource Hub, the AMA or its employees cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage arising to any person as a result of using this site.

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