This page offers information about registering and working as a doctor in Australia; here you will find some useful links to help you look into it for yourself. Alternatively, for those who meet the following criteria, Transition Medical can assist with both finding a suitable opportunity as well as registration.
To be eligible to work as a GP in Australia you need to hold a specialist GP qualification which is considered comparable to Australian GP training.
The Specialist Pathway is an assessment program with the Royal Australian College of GPs. This provides a pathway to Fellowship for overseas trained GPs.
If you hold a qualification from one of the countries below then you are considered either partially or fully comparable and we will be able to help you find a position.
- New Zealand
- South Africa
If you do not have a qualification from one of the above countries then you would need to apply to be recognised via the Standard Pathway through the AMC.
Transition Medical are a UK based recruitment agency specialising in the recruitment of GPs to Australia and work with the leading practices in Australia. Their focus is always on providing practical advice and assistance in finding the right job for you and managing your medical registration and visa paperwork.
How to register to work as a doctor in Australia
Just as with nurses, much depends on…
- Your age.
- Your qualifications and where you obtained them.
- In some cases successful assessment of your skills.
- Your ability to speak the English language.
- And, no doubt, much more.
Who can work as a GP in Australia is governed by the Royal Australian College of GPs. They categorise GPs in to three groups. Category 1 and 2 doctors can generally get a job in Australia as a GP. Category 3 doctors (or those who can’t get categorised) will struggle to find work as there are sufficient Australian-trained doctors for those posts.
Category 1 doctors are those with both a formal training certificate in Family Medicine plus membership of the appropriate Royal College (e.g. Royal College of GPs in the UK). Category 2 doctors are those with one or other of the two qualifications or those who trained in South Africa, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden or the USA.
That’s all I know, and I’m sure you have many questions, like…
In fact, the government has two websites that you will find very useful:
How much will you get paid?
Typically, GPs earn around $240,000 in suburban areas. This can rise to $400,000 in more rural areas. You’ll be paid on a fee per service basis – that is each patient is charged for a doctor’s consultation. You get a percentage of this, varying from 50% to 65%, depending on employer and the region.
What is GP work in Australia like?
GP practice in Australia is very similar to the UK & Ireland in terms of clinical work. Practices are generally modern and have nursing support. Some have physiotherapy, pathology, ultrasound, CT and / or ECG too. Usually the practices have 6 to 10 doctors on site. Typically, they are open 12 hours a day, for 5 days per week and often weekends too. They can be situated as standalone premises or in shopping centres or next door to a pharmacy.
Please see my page about job sponsorships.
More useful links:
The following posts from my blog may be of interest.
- How Does the Health Care System in Australia Work?
- Archaic Health Services in Australia? Another Visit to the Doctor
- Australia’s Bulk Billing Explained and $7 GP Fee Co-payments
- Going to the Dentist in Australia
- What It’s Really Like to Be Bitten by a Redback Spider
- The Australian Health Service: Getting an X-Ray
- Calling the Doctor’s Surgery When It’s Closed
- The Universal Law of Doctors