Working in Australia is a chance that few would pass up. And rightly so – Australia is one of the world’s most developed countries. The country offers great rewards for health workers. The weather here is wonderful, and – almost as proof of a good quality of life – our citizens have one of the highest average life expectancies in the world.
The process of being accepted for a medical job in Australia can be quite long, often taking over an year. But you would also expect nothing less from a country with a world-class health care system.
So, if you are planning to work in medicine in Australia, let’s have a look at the basics:
How to start your medical career in Australia, in a nutshell
To become a doctor in Australia, registration with the Australian Medical Council is mandatory. There are several steps that you will need to take as a start, regardless of the exact medical job that you will be seeking. But the first step is to contact contact the AMC.
Your qualification will have to be assessed by the AMC and, based on the country that you have obtained it from, you may need to follow different registration pathways. The goal is to get a better idea of your skill level to determine which path will be most suitable for you.
There are three registration pathways – Competent Authority Pathway, Standard Pathway, and Specialist Pathway. The Competent Authority and Specialist pathways would require you to apply for Primary Source Validation (PSV). This is done with the intention of avoiding falsified certificates and licenses.
You will also have to meet the English language requirements in order to adequately communicate with your patients. The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) will require you to offer proof of English language proficiency.
If you have been successfully assessed, you are going to be able to apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency in the relevant state or territory in which you want to operate.
That is, however, only if you already have a job offer. In case you don’t, you will need to contact a medical recruitment agency such as JPS Medical Recruitment to find a job vacancy.
In order to practice medicine in Australia, you also need to have a visa. Once you have received your job offer, you will be ready to apply for visa at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
When your visa, registration and employment are all in order, you are going to be able to move to Australia.
This is a very brief description of the process that GPs have to take in order to work in Australia. However, most of the steps apply for any type of medical job.
The process can be quite complicated and it is subject to change, so visiting the website of the respective authorities is the best way to keep yourself updated.