Changes to the Australian registration pathway

We have recently been advised that there will be changes to the RACGP Australian pathway to registration for overseas trained GPs.

The Royal College of GPs have undertaken a review of the Specialist pathway program and is now ready to launch the new program, the RACGP Specialist Recognition Program (SRP). This has been developed to be compliant with the Medical Board’s good practice guidelines and will provide improved support and education for overseas trained GPs.

The program will open for new applications on the 3rd September 2018. Any applications currently in progress or applied for before the 31st August 2018 will remain the same under the Specialist pathway policies.

To apply for the SRP, you will complete an online application, very similar to the current process. The comparability assessment will give an outcome of substantially, partially or not comparable to an Australian trained GP. Transition Medical will manage this application process for you and advise on what is required.

The assessment of the application will take into consideration the following factors:

• recency of practice
• continuity of practice
• participation in continuing professional development
• the specialist qualification(s) you hold
• the route you took to attain the specialist qualification (eg training, practice-based)
• the type of examination you completed to attain your specialist qualification
• experience in general practice
• any other qualifications you hold.

Further information and policies will be released closer to the launch date and we will provide further information as and when this is released.

What does this mean for me?

We anticipate that there won’t be too much of a change for UK trained MRCGP GPs / Irish trained MICGP GPs. The application process seems to be somewhat similar to what is currently in place. We will let you know as soon as we have further information or updates. If you would like to discuss how this may affect your future application please do get in touch