Australian Medical Jobs – Important changes to the Australian Medical registration process that make it easier for US and Canadian family physicians to work in Australia.
Are you a Family Physician from Canada or the USA who would like to experience a more relaxed working environment in Australia? Recent changes to the medical registration process have made it easier than ever to have your qualifications recognized!
Australia is a multicultural country with a diverse landscape and climate, allowing you the freedom to choose your lifestyle. Whether you’d like to experience the warmth of the tropics, or be an integral part of a small country community, it’s all available in Australia.
Change 1 – GP Pathway Assessment
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has implemented a new structure of ‘pathways’ for which medical practitioners can obtain registration to work in Australia.
In 2010, for the first time, doctors from the USA who hold Certification with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) are eligible for Specialist recognition to attain registration in Australia.
What this means is that Family Practitioners with ABFM certification are now assessed as partially comparable to Australian doctors holding Fellowship with the RACGP. In turn, this allows American Family Practitioners to have their registration processed faster than previously, and with greater ease as their qualifications are recognized as comparable.
For Canadian doctors, the process is even easier. Canadian family practitioners holding the Certificate in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, as well as evidence of Canadian Qualifying Examinations (Parts 1 and 2) completed after 1992 are recognized as fully comparable to a Fellow of the RACGP.
For Canadian doctors, this means that they can be granted fellowship ad eundum gradum to the college without any further assessment required.
Change 2 – Australian Medical Council Registration
As of the 1st of July 2010, medical board registration in Australia has been brought under a single umbrella of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). For the first time in Australia there is now one national medical board setting standards and policies for health practitioners throughout Australia.
These changes have simplified the process of registering as a medical practitioner in Australia, with a single national fee; one set of registration and professional standards and a uniform registration process across the nation.
Therefore, instead of being registered with one state in Australia, and then being required to pay additional fees and be reassessed for eligibility when travelling to another state, doctors now have the flexibility of being able to practice anywhere in Australia under one governing board.
These changes to the Australian registration and qualification recognition process means that it is now friendly for Family Physicians from North America to work in Australia. This presents the great opportunity to enjoy a sabbatical or a permanent change to Australia, experiencing all the culture and diversity that the nation has to offer.