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International medical graduates in Western Australia

Registration information for international medical graduates (IMGs)

"Getting Medical Registration" -  Doctors working in theatre

On 1 July 2008 new nationally consistent assessment processes were implemented for IMGs wishing to work as doctors in Australia. This nationally consistent system, which is part of the Council of Australian Governments health reform initiatives, comprises three pathways to medical registration for IMGs.

  • Competent Authority Pathway (for medical training recognised as comparable to Australian medical training)
  • Standard Pathway (all other general registration applicants not from Competent Authorities)
  • Specialist Pathway (for IMGs seeking specialist registration based on training and experience completed overseas)

Competent Authority and Standard Pathway doctors must meet specific criteria to be eligible to receive the Australian Medical Council (AMC) Certificate. Progress toward the AMC certificate is required in order to gain registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

  • Standard Pathway doctors must pass the AMC multiple choice question exam before being eligible to apply for a medical practitioner position in Australia.
  • Competent Authority pathway doctors must be granted advanced standing to the AMC Certificate before being eligible to apply for a medical practitioner position in Australia.

Medical practitioners who completed specialist qualifications and experience outside Australia may be eligible for registration under the Specialist Pathway. Application must be made to the AMC for recognition of specialist training and to the appropriate Specialist College for recognition of qualifications and experience.

For information on the pathways available to IMGs wishing to practice medicine in Australia visit the Australian Medical Council website (external site).

Applications for recognition of overseas medical qualifications must be submitted to the AMC. For information on the national assessment process, including access to the on-line application, visit the Australian Medical Council (AMC) website (external site).

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