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Australia

Overseas Medical Professionals are well respected and desired within the Healthcare System in Australia. This is why HCI Healthcare International are here to assist with your relocation requirements. HCI provide a free placement and relocation service to Doctors in all specialities who are considering working in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis.

If you feel it is time for a change in your career and/or location we are here to help you! We can assist Doctors who are currently registered and are working in the following countries:

  • United Kingdom/ Ireland
  • USA/Canada
  • France/Austria/Germany/ Netherlands/Sweden/ Norway/Denmark/Spain/Switzerland/Iceland
  • Israel/Singapore.

A medical placement in Australia offers you the chance for a change in your career and offers new challenges. Australia provides you with opportunities for experiencing a low cost, outdoor life-style with a high standard of living. Australia provides you and your family with a great lifestyle that many at home will envy!!

Australian Healthcare System

This section aims to familiarise overseas trained doctors (OTDs) with the Australian health system. The various roles and responsibilities of the agencies and jurisdictions that make up the health system are outlined here, including vital information on the Medicare system for doctors.

As there are a large number of vacancies across Australia, your training and expertise will be highly sought after, if you have trained and qualified in UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada. A minimum of 36 out of the last 48 months experience in a Western hospital placement (comparable with that of Australia), or graduation from a European or North American University, is required for Junior Medical Doctors.

‘The Australian health system is world-class in both its effectiveness and efficiency: Australia consistently ranks in the best performing group of countries for healthy life expectancy and health expenditure per person.’ (World Health Organization 2003)

Australia’s robust private health sector is complemented by a universal public health system called Medicare. The way in which these two sectors have been combined and balanced ensures quality care and choice for all Australians.

Australians have affordable access to a broad range of quality health services that are either free at the point of delivery or subject to substantial government rebates. Doctors in private practice are largely free to determine the number of rebate able services they provide and the fees they charge to patients.

How to register as a Doctor in Australia

Australian Medical Council:
www.amc.org.au
Email: amc@amc.org.au
International Medical Graduates Enquiry Line: 0061 2 6270 7878
Application fees:
Initial Application for Registration: $445 AUD

AMC /Australian Medical Council Registration

In order to work as a medical practitioner in Australia you must either have registration with the AMC (Australian Medical Council) or be registered for special purposes with one of the Australian Medical Boards. For full registration with the AMC you must have completed your medical degree in Australia or New Zealand or pass the AMC exam (equivalent to final medical exam).

Most overseas doctors therefore choose to apply for special purpose registration which initially requires:

1) Completing form M1SP, together with supporting documentation

You will need to complete and return with the following supporting documentation and the application fee of AUD 445:

  • Notarized copies of your medical qualifications, together with official translations thereof if the original is not in English.
  • Notarized copy of the biodata page of your passport, containing your photo, names, passport number etc.
  • Original IELTS certificate, indicating a minimum of 7 in each of the categories. Please note that not everyone is required to have sat the IELTS examination. Further information on whether you would be eligible for exemption can be seen in separate IELTS section
  • One colour passport photograph endorsed on the back by a witness as follows: I (witness) certify this photograph to be a true likeness of (applicant's name) and signed and dated on the back by the witness AND the applicant.
  • You can prepare your CV in the appropriate format, and sign the declaration on the last page.

2) Applying to have your qualifications verified by the EICS.

If you intend working in Queensland as a doctor, your qualifications must be verified by the EICS in the United States of America.

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) established the International Credentials Services (EICS) in 2000 to assist international medical registration authorities in obtaining primary source verification of medical education and registration credentials of physicians applying for licensure whose medical education was completed outside their jurisdictions. EICS offers assistance to these authorities by obtaining primary source verification of medical school diplomas, medical school transcripts, certificates of postgraduate training and certificates of medical registration.

Each medical board has slightly different application forms so please take care when completing the correct form. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us for guidance. The EICS only require photocopies of your degrees. These do not need to be notarized, however the Affidavit and Release' must be certified by a Consular Official, First Class Magistrate, or Notary Public. (Commissioner of Oaths/Declaration and Justices of the Peace are not acceptable)

3) Determining whether you need to write the IELTS exam.

A national English Language Proficiency requirement for all International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who require registration in Australia has been accepted by:

  • Medical Board of the Australian Capital Territory
  • Medical Board of New South Wales
  • Northern Territory Health Professions Licensing Authority
  • Medical Board of South Australia
  • Medical Council of Tasmania
  • Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria
  • Medical Board of Western Australia
  • Australian Medical Council

The test is administered at least once a month by IELTS Australia and The British Council at over 230 centres worldwide.

Applicants need to submit evidence to the relevant registration authority of competency in speaking and communicating in English as demonstrated by having completed the IELTS examination (Academic module) to the following standard:

  • The Board will require the applicant to have achieved a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components
  • Alternative English proficiency tests that will be accepted are: a) pass in the Occupational English Test (OET), b) pass in the English language component of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE previously ECFMG) but not the TOEFL component of the current USMLE examination, or c) A pass in the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) in the United Kingdom; or d) A pass in the English language proficiency component of the New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX)
  • Results must have been obtained within 2 years prior to applying for registration
  • An IELTS (or approved equivalent) Test Report Form more than two years old will be accepted as evidence of present level of ability if accompanied by proof that a candidate has actively maintained employment as a medical practitioner in a country where English is the native or first language.

PLEASE NOTE:

Each applicant is responsible for the cost of English tests. For Medical Board of Queensland pass results in each component of the IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET) must be obtained at the one sitting i.e. pass results in a module from a previous attempt at either examination can not be carried forward to a subsequent sitting which, when combined, would give an overall pass in the examination.

Exemptions may apply when the applicant can provide evidence of secondary education in a country where English is the native or first language.

At the Board's discretion, an exemption may be approved in special circumstances to applicants applying for registration. Examples would be, but are not limited to:

  • perform a demonstration in medical techniques; or
  • undertake research which involves limited or no patient contact; or
  • undertake postgraduate study or training while working in an appropriately
  • supported environment which will ensure patient safety is not compromised.

4) Requesting certificates of good standing from the respective health boards.

You will require a certificate of good standing from every medical board you have ever been registered with. Note that these certificates of good standing must be sent directly from the licensing authority to the medical board you may not have these in your possession. The medical board in will not accept faxed copies.

PAPERWORK YOU WILL REQUIRE FOR YOUR REGISTRATION AND VISA APPLICATION

Make sure that you don’t send the originals unless they’re specifically requested; get your photocopies certified, or scan them if you’re applying online.

Registration documents

  • Certified copies of your medical degree and other qualifications
  • Identification, such as a certified photo or a driver’s licence
  • A certificate of good standing from your current UK medical registration authority
  • Criminal Records Bureau form
  • CV
  • Letter from your employer in Australia confirming your job offer
  • Evidence that your job is in an Area of Need (from your employer)
  • Health and character check form (see the Department of Immigration’s website)
  • Registration application form for the medical board you are applying to.

Visa documents

  • Relevant visa form
  • Passport
  • Evidence that you will be eligible for medical registration, from the medical board you are applying to
  • Marriage certificate, and birth certificates of your children, if you are migrating as a family
  • Fee
  • Your health check and police record disclosure are sent straight to the Department of Immigration, but you need to make sure you’ve sent the forms off to the right people.

DOCTORS REGISTRATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

There are a number of pathways that can be taken towards medical registration, depending upon your particular circumstances and qualifications and whether you are a general practitioner (GP/family physician), specialist or hospital non-specialist.

Before practising in Australia, all overseas trained doctors (OTDs) must first obtain registration from the Medical Board in the State or Territory in which they wish to work. Part of the medical registration requirement will be proof of English language proficiency.

Eligible doctors receive full medical registration OR conditional medical registration. The type of medical registration you receive primarily affects the type of location in which you may work, but may also affect other aspects of employment, such as your field of practice.

OTDs who do not qualify for full registration or who have not completed the standard pathway for specialist assessment or the standard pathway for GP assessment must work in an Area of Need.

OTDs are also typically subject to Medicare provider number restrictions. This means that the position must be in a District of Workforce Shortage if the position requires the provision of medical services that will attract Medicare benefits.

In addition to medical registration, any doctor who will be working in a hospital in any capacity (including visiting GPs and specialists) must undergo a credentialing process.

FULL REGISTRATION

Full (general or unconditional) medical registration allows a doctor to work independently/unsupervised in Australia within their field of practice. Recognition of medical registration across Australian State and Territory borders is enabled by the Mutual Recognition provision. Full medical registration is granted to:

  • Full (general or unconditional) medical registration allows a doctor to work independently/unsupervised in Australia within their field of practice. Recognition of medical registration across Australian State and Territory borders is enabled by the Mutual Recognition provision. Full medical registration is granted to:
  • Graduates of medical schools in Australia or New Zealand that have been accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC), and who have completed the approved period of intern training; and to

Overseas trained doctors who have passed the AMC exams, including the English language proficiency requirement, and completed a period of approved supervised training in Australia as determined by the relevant Medical Board, and met all the requirements for character and health checks.

Overseas trained doctors who do not meet the requirements listed above, may be eligible for conditional medical registration in Australia.

Please note: Specialists never receive 'full' registration. In their case, the equivalent of full registration is where the only condition of registration is their field of practise. It is more common to refer to this form of registration for specialists as registration to practise independently/unsupervised.

For further information, a useful website to go to is: www.doctorconnect.gov.au

The DoctorConnect website has been developed by the Department of Health and Ageing for doctors trained outside of Australia and Australian medical employers.

The objective is to recruit appropriately qualified doctors who have trained outside of Australia by providing an authoritative and accessible source of information on working as doctors in Australia. DoctorConnect is aimed at overseas trained doctors, employers and those advising them.

AUSTRALIAN PR0FESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS FOR DOCTORS
AMA/Australian Medical Association
www.ama.com.au
RDAA/Rural Doctors Association of Australia
www.rdaa.com.au

Immigration requirements for Australia:

AUSTRALIAN Immigration: Website: www.immi.gov.au
UK AUS High Commission:
Australian High Commission
Strand
London WC2B 4LA
(corner of the Aldwych and the Strand.)
Nearest Tube station: Temple
Tel: 020 7379 4334/ Fax: 020 7240 5333

VISAS:

457 Business Sponsorship Permit:
Once your Work Permit has expired, and you want to stay longer, you can work towards your Residency whilst on a 457 Business Sponsorship Visa. You need to present a job offer from your Australian employer and your current Australian registration. By holding this visa you must be employed by your sponsor on a permanent full time basis, and you are restricted to work for your sponsor only during the visa period.

Permanent Residency:
Permanent Residency (PR) allows you to reside and work in Australia indefinitely. This is if you have decided that you want to relocate permanently to Australia and now longer wish to return to your country of origin.

You will need to:

  • Complete an expression of interest form which is based on a points system (most Healthcare professionals score high on points due to their qualifications and experience)
  • You will need a job offer from a Australian employer
  • Have a CXR and Medical performed.
  • The submit your application for formal residency.

Working Holiday Visas:
These Visas are for people aged between 18-30 years who are looking to work and travel around Australia for a year. These are ideally for the use of those wishing to work to support their travel and only for a short term basis.


New Zealand

Overseas Medical Professionals are well respected and desired within the Healthcare System in New Zealand. This is why HCI healthcare International are here to assist with your relocation requirements. HCI provide a free placement and relocation service to Doctors in all specialities who are considering working in New Zealand on a temporary or permanent basis.

If you feel it is time for a change in your career and/or location we are here to help you! We can assist Doctors who are currently registered and are working in the following countries:

  • United Kingdom/ Ireland,
  • USA/Canada,
  • France/Austria/Germany/ Netherlands/Sweden/ Norway/Denmark/Spain/Switzerland/Iceland
  • Israel/Singapore.

A medical placement in New Zealand offers you the chance for a change in your career and offers new challenges. New Zealand provides you with opportunities for experiencing a low cost, outdoor life-style with a high standard of living. New Zealand offers a safe and relatively crime free environment, beautiful weather and opportunities for the enjoyment of culture and sport . New Zealand provides you and your family with a great lifestyle that many at home will envy!!

New Zealand Healthcare System

New Zealand’s Healthcare System is basically modelled on the UK NHS system where most services provided to each individual are free at the point of delivery.

As there are a large number of vacancies across New Zealand, your training and expertise will be highly sought after, if you have trained and qualified in UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA or Canada. A minimum of 36 out of the last 48 months experience in a Western hospital placement (comparable with that of New Zealand), or graduation from a European or North American University, is required for Junior Medical Doctors.

How to register as a Doctor in New Zealand.

Medical Council of NZ:
Medical Council of New Zealand
Level 13
Mid City Tower
139-143 Willis Street
Wellington
Website: www.mcnz.org.nz
Email: mcnz@mcnz.org.nz
Phone: 0064 4384 7635
Free Phone: 0800 286 801
Application fees:
Application for Registration: NZ$ 425.00
Annual Practicing Certificate: NZ$ 540.00
NZ registration examination: NZ$3750.00

We suggest that you log onto/contact the Medical Council of New Zealand. Here you will find out what requirements are necessary to register as a Doctor in New Zealand and the processes that are involved.

You will need to satisfy the Medical Council that:

  • You have a minimum of 12 months postgraduate experience in either Australia, or in an equivalent healthcare system in any of the countries mentioned above
  • You have passed your ILETS exam with a minimum of 7 in each band or you have an English Language Test Exemption certificate.
  • Must be familiar with the Immigration Requirements for overseas trained doctors
  • Doctors are registered in a ‘Scope of Practice’ in New Zealand. Your scope of practice will depend on your qualifications, experience, purpose and duration of your employment in New Zealand

Immigration requirements for New Zealand:

New Zealand Immigration:
PO Box 3705, Wellington ,New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 9144100
Website: www.immigration.govt.nz
UK NZ High Commission:
New Zealand House, Haymarket
London, UK SW1Y 4TQ

VISAS:

Work Visa/Permit:

These are issued to those who currently live outside of New Zealand, and are converted to Work Permits once you enter through passport control in New Zealand. Usually for one – two years (suitable for people wanting to stay on a short term basis)

Residency Permit:

Once your Work Permit has expired, and you want to stay longer, you can work towards your Residency whilst on your work permit. You need to present a job offer from your NZ employer and your current NZ registration.

Permanent Residency:

Permanent Residency (PR) allows you to reside and work in NZ indefinitely. This is if you have decided that you want to relocate permanently to NZ and now longer wish to return to your country of origin.

You will need to:

  • Complete an expression of interest form which is based on a points system (most Healthcare professionals score high on points due to their qualifications and experience)
  • You will need a job offer from a NZ employer
  • Have a CXR and Medical performed.
  • The submit your application for formal residency.

Working Holiday Visas:

These Visas are for people aged between 18-30 years who are looking to work and travel around NZ for a year. These are ideally for the use of those wishing to work to support their travel and only for a short term basis.

ASMS : ASSOCIATION OF SALARIED MEDICAL SPECIALISTS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association
and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.
PO Box 10763
Wellington 6143
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 499 1271
Fax: +64 4 499 4500
Website: www.asms.org.nz

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