Top 10 Tips for GPs relocating to Australia
Here at Transition Medical we get asked many questions from GPs new to their Australia job search. As one of the leading UK GP recruitment agencies we have compiled a brief checklist of things you’ll need to have (and think about)!
- Primary Medical Degree from a recognised university – MBBS, MB ChB, MD, MB BCh, BM etc
- Language Skills – All overseas trained GPs are required to demonstrate their English competency. This can be proven if English is your primary language, you completed your schooling from a recognised English-speaking country (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa or USA) and your medical qualifications were completed in English. Without this you will need to have successfully completed PLAB or IELTS.
- Medical Registration – Full, current and unconditional registration from your current authority (i.e. GMC) and unconditional registration from any previous registering authority. You will need a Certificate of Good Standing from each authority over the last 10 years.
- GP Qualification – The most popular pathway for doctors to work as a GP in Australia is the Specialist Pathway Program via the Royal Australian College of GPs. The MRCGP and MICGP qualifications are deemed comparable alongside the NZ Fellowship and Certificate in the College of Family Physicians of Canada. If you hold another qualification please do get in touch to discuss your skills and experience.
- A Job Offer – To work as a doctor in Australia you need to secure medical registration and a suitable employment visa. The first step of this process is to speak to one of our medical recruitment specialists to find you a great GP job in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or elsewhere. The demand for skilled workers in New Zealand is very high and we currently have plenty of GP jobs available across Australia.
- Location – Australia is a large country with a diverse range of culture and climate. It can be daunting when you start your job search so it is important to take some time doing your research and working out the best spot for you and your family. Our medical recruitment consultants have lived and travelled extensively around Australia and can help guide you in the right direction.
- Timescales – The medical recruitment process can take some time to navigate through the various stages. You would be wise to allow adequate time for the Australian registration and visa process, we recommend getting in touch approximately 9 – 12 months prior to you arriving to move through all the key stages.
- Age doesn’t matter – Medical practices are looking for good all-round GPs, so whether you are newly qualified, mid-way through your career or reaching retirement there will be a GP vacancy available for you.
- Provider Number – Once you have arrived in Australia, you’ll have up to a 4 week wait for your provider number to come through to allow you to start work and ultimately start earning money. Although this is a great chance to settle in and complete your induction do bear this in mind when you’re thinking about your finances.
- Finally – When considering working as a doctor in Australia, it may seem a daunting process and you’ll be weighing up the pros and cons of relocating. Many GPs have already made the move and find the working conditions, increased income potential and, of course, lifestyle to be far superior than the UK. Discover what our GPs have to say and why we’re one of the Best Doctor Recruitment Agencies
Please do get in touch with one of our medical recruitment specialists if you wish to discuss your GP job search further.