Top 10 Tips for GPs relocating to Australia

Here at Transition Medical we get asked many questions from GPs about what they need to be able to work in Australia . I’ve put together a quick checklist of things you’ll need to have (and think about)!
  1. Primary Medical Degree from a recognised university – MBBS, MB ChB, MD, MB BCh, BM etc
  2. 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.
  3. Medical Registration – Full, current and unconditional registration from your current authority (ie. 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.
  4. GP Qualification – The Specialist Pathway Program for GPs is part of a nationally agreed assessment and registration process and provides a route to FRACGP (Australian MRCGP equivalent) for overseas trained GPs based on an assessment of their previous training and experience in general practice.  UK, Irish and some European qualifications are considered to be either fully or partially comparable to Australian GP training.  Please get in touch for more information on your specific qualification.
  5. A Job Offer – Before starting the registration and visa process, you need to have secured a position and signed a contract with the medical practice. This is the first step and we’ll help you with this! See our current vacancies here.
  6. Location – Australia is a big place with a diverse range of culture and climate so it’s worth taking a bit of time doing your research and working out the best spot for you and your family. I’ve lived and travelled extensively around Australia and can help guide you in the right direction.
  7. Timescales – Allow adequate time for the registration and visa process, we recommend getting in touch approximately 9 – 12 months prior to you arriving in Oz to move through all the key stages.
  8. Age doesn’t matter – Medical practices are mainly looking for good all round GPs, so whether you are newly qualified, mid way through your career or reaching retirement there will be a position available for you.
  9. Provider Number – Once you’re 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.
  10. Finally – 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. Read our testimonials here
If you have any questions about any of the above or want to discuss the opportunities further then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.