International Medical Graduates

A new medical Job – Australia, Canada or New Zealand?

Let’s face it: those of us who live in Australia, Canada and New Zealand are some of the luckiest people around. We enjoy countries with world-class wilderness regions, and lifestyle opportunities across metropolitan, country and remote locations. There’s literally something for everyone.

But moving countries – well, it’s a big step. There are so many things to consider, especially as a medical practitioner starting a new job. For example:

  • How do my qualifications compare to those for Australia, Canada or New Zealand?
  • Who do I go to for medical insurance?
  • Where will be the best location for my chosen lifestyle?
  • What schools and clubs will help my family to settle in easily?
  • Why is it all so confusing?

Don’t worry! As an experienced medical recruitment agency in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, Your Doctor Jobs is here to assist. We can help you with every aspect of your move (and if we can’t, we have a network of partners who will be able to help you).

Some of the things we can help with are, but not limited to:

  • Your sponsorship and application for a Australian 457 Visa
  • Finding the best medical job to suit your specialty
  • Australian and New Zealand medical registration
  • Immigration and Visa processes for overseas trained doctors and their families
  • Taxation advice
  • Medical indemnity
  • Logistics of moving
  • Ongoing support and assistance

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A snapshot of the Australian registration process:

Step 1 - Month 1

Verify your Medical Qualifications – Time to get your qualifications checked

Welcome to the very first step of the process, in this stage we verify your medical background and confirm your Primary Medical Degree and Current Medical Registration.

We recommend a timeframe for this step of between 6 and 12 weeks. This will depend on how diligent you are with the paperwork! Don’t stress though as we will step you through each stage of this.

Step 2 - Month 2

RACGP and FAEG Application – Time to get that Fellowship recognised!

In this month we should receive your verification of your degree and we can then commence the application to the RACGP for Fellowship and Eundem Gradum (FAEG).  In this step your ability to work as an Australian GP is assessed. Timeframe for this step is between 4 and 8 weeks.

Step 3 - Month 3/4

AHPRA application stage

During the next 2 months we have a chance to catch our breath and wait for the RACGP to grant you FRACGP.  Once we have received confirmation we can then progress to AHPRA Medical Registration stage.

In this part of the process the legislation requirements which enable you to practice in Australia are processed.  At this stage, while paperwork is being processed it is time to start your immigration paperwork and thumb through travel magazines! Timeframe for this step is up to 8 weeks.

Step 4 - Month 5

APHRA notification and Visa application

Start packing your bags as your AHPRA is now through and all that is remaining is your VISA which takes 4 weeks to process and you have already started earlier in month 4. You should just about have your personal affairs in order. Your YDJ consultant will be in close contact with you to ensure that you have all of your logistics in order.

Step 5 - Month 6

The big move (hop on that plane)

So your visa is through, you’re registered with AHPRA and you now have fellowship (FRACGP), you are only a stone throw away from starting work in Australia with just a couple more boxes to tick before you start. We are here to help you with the following items:

  1. Presentation to AHPRA in person for an ID check
  2. Lodging an application for a provider number
  3. Organising Medical Indemnity Insurance
  4. Introduction to practice and Medicare

When you arrive in Australia you will be greeted by a member of the Your Doctor Jobs team who is going to take you personally to AHPRA to conduct an ID check, once you have completed the ID check a Your Doctor Jobs consultant will then lodge a provider number to Medicare for you and assist with your medical indemnity insurance plus many other fun things involving the Australian System.

When you arrive in Australia and lodge your provider number it takes 28 days for Medicare to process the application and you can’t start practicing until this is approved. Your Doctor Jobs recommends using this time to familiarise yourself with your location and take a short holiday in Australia, the choice is yours but the wait is unavoidable so you may as well plan to enjoy it!