Jul 042011


Are you looking for a position combining interesting aeromedical work with the opportunity to study?

CareFlight Group Queensland is looking for Registars to work on board air rescue helicopters from August this year located at Cairns, Mackay, and Rockhampton.

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Jun 222011


NSW Health


NSW Health each year co-ordinates an Annual Junior Medical Officer Recruitment Campaign where a number of vocational and non-vocational positions are advertised for the following clinical year.  This recruitment is conducted online through the NSW Health JMO eRecruitment System.

Applications start 21 July 2011, deadline is 18 August 2011. The schedule can be downloaded here: jmo_annual_recruitment_dates

The website for the application process can be accessed here: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/jobs/recruitment/jmo.asp

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QLd HEalth
RMO2012 Campaign opens on Tuesday 21 June 2011 and will remain open till Monday 18 July 2011.
Information on the Campaign is available at the following site:


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May 072011

I would like to take this opportunity to share some light into the problems that International Medical Graduates sometimes face in Australia. IMG’s sacrifice a lot to leave their home countries and relocate to a foreign land. They provide essential healthcare to a lot of underserved areas in Australia. Although Dr Sofocado and his family have now been granted permanent residency, he is still crusading for changes to Australian migration laws to give the chance to a lot of doctors who have wholeheartedly served otherwise underserved areas of Australia.

I am including the email of Dr Cesar Sofocado to the current ADTOA chair, Dr Viney Joshi to illustrate his plight (With explicit permission from Dr Sofocado) and to get support for his crusade.

From: Cesar Sofocado <docjun01@yahoo.com>
To: adtoa@adtoa.org
Sent: Mon, 25 April, 2011 11:28:40 PM
Subject: May I ask for a Letter of Support or Any Assistance to my Family’s Request to the Hon Immigration Minister Chris Bowen for Humanitarian Consideration and Compassion for my Terminally ill Wife?

May I ask for a Letter of Support or Any Assistance to my Family’s Request to the Hon Immigration Minister Chris Bowen for
Humanitarian Consideration and Compassion for my Terminally ill Wife?


Re: Compassion to the family of Dr. Cesar Sofocado, whose wife Mary is terminally ill with secondary breast cancer (advanced)
Approval of the family’s permanent residency visa application based
On Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds



Divorce sick wife, doctor told



ADTOA President



Dear Dr Viney Joshi,


Good morning Dr Viney Joshi!


First, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my family’s experience, especially of my wife, concerning BREAST CANCER which spread to her BRAIN and Lungs! We know that you are very busy and we really appreciate for giving a little of your precious time and attention to our humble request. I am an Overseas Trained Doctor ( Philippines ) – GP, working and providing medical services to the rural and remote areas of Western Australia , for almost six years now.


May I ask your help for a Letter of Support or Any Assistance to my Family’s request to the Hon Immigration Minister Chris Bowen for Humanitarian Consideration and Compassion for my terminally ill wife?


In 2005, my family arrived in Perth on Temporary Visa (Subclass 422, Medical Doctor) upon satisfying all conditions including health requirements. I served as Hospital Medical Officer in regional towns of Geraldton ( Geraldton Regional Hospital , WA ), and as a General Practitioner at Karratha (Karratha Medical Centre), Dampier (Dampier Medical Centre), and Dalyellup-Bunbury (Wishing Well Medical Clinic). Currently, I’m a GP here in Ellenbrook Medical Centre.


When my wife Mary was still healthy, she studied in TAFE-WA Central West Geraldton and TAFE-WA Pilbara. She worked in Early Learning Centre and Crèche, caring for babies and children.


In 2008, we applied for Independent Skilled Migrant Visa (Subclass 175) hoping to acquire permanent residency. Unfortunately, while in waiting for almost two years from DIAC’s (Dept of Immigration And Citizenship) response, Mary got suddenly ill and unexpectedly developed breast cancer which spread to her brain. She had undergone three major operations due to a malignant breast cancer and a brain tumour here in WA. She was also further diagnosed with lung cancer (which actually “missed” by her specialist) and was advised to undergo another Lung operation and radiation and chemotherapy.


As my wife’s health deteriorates her dream of our family’s residing permanently in Australia becomes blurred and dim. Although DIAC has full knowledge of Mary’s condition we were still advice to apply for W.A State Sponsorship Skilled Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass176). This application was later supported by Hon. Judi Moylan, MP and Hon. Frank Alban, MLA.


My family, especially my dying wife is not asking much from the Australian government. We just want a little recognition of my family’s contribution (thru me and my wife’s work and active participation in the church and community) to the rural & remote areas of WA, and humanitarian consideration and compassion to my terminally ill wife (41 y/o). It’s not my wife’s fault to have this advanced breast cancer! Nobody wants to have cancer! But this was the reason the DIAC is keep on pounding on my family’s minds (my wife, my two young daughters, and me)! And the Immigration Case Officer is using this Breast Cancer of my wife to reject our permanent residency visa, as a “gift” for our almost 6 years of service here in WA.


Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, said in one of her speeches: “Every one of us is connected by it and to it in some way (breast cancer). Unlike you, I have not suffered frombreast cancer, but I have observed again and again its force and its devastation, something of what it means to be a woman – her family, our community”. Her Excellency emphasized that: “Women living with breast cancer are the inspiration! They fight their individual battlesquietlypatiently, but with the utmost determination and courage and the support of their families and friends. May their voices continue to be heard!”
As you can see Dr Viney Joshi, our case is unique in the sense that there is some form of “urgency” on the basis of my wife’s terminal illness. Unlike other visa applications refused due to medical conditions, wherein the applicants had the luxury of time and resources to wait the long process of appealing to the Migration Review Tribunal, because of Mary’s terminal cancer, we don’t have that time and much resource.
Another issue that I want the well-respected Dr Viney Joshi to be aware of, were the mistakes (which the immigration called as “miscommunications”) made by the Case Officers handling our application. I’m looking on another angle wherein the Immigration Case Officer 1 ( Ala– ) made a mistake of giving me an option of Visa 176 State Sponsorship. Because I trusted the Case Officer 1 ( Ala– ) of the Dept of Immigration and Citizenship and I believed that she’s ( Ala– ) an expert on her field, I followed her advice and applied for the Visa 176. I was granted the Western Australia State Sponsorship, and we’re told to proceed with our medical requirements by the new Case Officer 2 (And–). I am not aware that the Visa 176 advised to me by the Case Officer 1 ( Ala– ) has “no health waiver”, meaning we cannot appeal. I am not an expert in Immigration law. Case Officers of the Immigration of Australia are highly regarded as an expert with immigration rules and, they have the “power” to accept or reject the applicants. From the very beginning, our Case Officer 1 ( Ala– ) was aware of my wife’s medical condition. And now we’ve done everything, the new Case Officer (And–) handling our applications told me already that he’s (And–) going to reject our permanent residency visa application because of my wife’s medical condition and we cannot appeal for that because the Visa 176 we applied has “no health waiver!” Accordingly, the Case Officer 2 (DIAC) will approve only our Permanent Residency visa if my wife is already DEAD! Or if we are DIVORCED! Or if we are LEGALLY SEPARATED!


In my humble opinion, the Case Officer 1 ( Ala– ) gave us a “wrong information” and “misled” me and my family to apply for VISA 176 with no health waiver. This “miscommunication” (as called by the Immigration) will result to the rejection of our application according to Case Officer 2 (And–), with NO chance to appeal! This “miscommunications” made by DIAC’s own Case Officer “buried my family’s future” deeper into the ground. We are already down and injured because of the impact of Stage 4 advanced breast cancer to my wife and family! And this rejection will be no less than a Death sentence to my terminally ill wife, and my family! We feel that our already devastated family, especially my beloved wife, and after our share of work and contribution to the “Areas of Need” of Western Australia , is being treated unjustly and unfairly!


Our beloved Dr Viney Joshi my wife, my two young daughters and me, are down on our knees, begging and humbly pleading for your support and assistance in regards to our appeal with the Immigration Minister. Please, do help us! Thank you so much.
Yours respectfully,
SOFOCADO FAMILY (Dr Cesar, Mary, Sofia, Kyla)
Home Address: 18 Heathland Terrace,
Ellenbrook WA 6069
H: 08 92973914
M: 0439516038


Our heartfelt thanks to the supports and pledges of the following:


“Dr Sofocado has provided so much to our society over the last few years- I believe it is only fair and just that he and his family are supported through this incredibly difficult time. They should not have to spend what little time may be remaining on fighting! Please let them live this time together, in peace.”

Daniella  Princi
BA (Hons) Psychology, MAPS


“Mary (Stella) has shown to be an exceptionally talented child care assistant who always strives for best practice. Mary (Stella) is a very approachable, friendly and creative person and she has a genuine interest in the care and education of young children”

Kirsty Monaghan
Supervising Officer
Pilbara TAFE Creche


“Due to the fact that his wife is terminally ill with breast and brain cancer, I would urge to consider Dr Sofocado’s plea for a permanent visa on compassionate grounds. I believe we owe this much to Dr Sofocado as the community of Western Australia had benefited from his medical services.”

Dr Alan Eggleston
Senator for Western Australia


“On both compassionate and practical grounds, I believe the Doctor and his family demonstrate a solid case for support and would ask that you carefully review the full merits of this case before you.”

Maria Vamvakinou MP
Federal Member for Calwell


“On compassionate grounds it would be clearly create a greater upheaval and cause further trauma to this family under the circumstance to have to leave the country with their two young children, From a practical point of view it would be tragic loss of a doctor who is now established in an area of increasing need.”
Judi Moylan MP
Member for Pearce


“Dr Sofocado and his wife have contributed actively to their communities. I believe that this family would be model citizens.”

Frank Alban MLA
Member for Swan Hills


“I am seeking compassionate consideration to grant the permanent visa application of Dr Cesar for the welfare of the whole family and especially for their two daughters. These children have grown with an Australian identity having experienced the Australian way of life in their early childhood years.”

Most Rev. Justin Bianchini, DD: Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Geraldton
Fr Maurizio Pettena CS: National Director, Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, Australian Catholic Bishop Conference
Fr Gerard Totanes: St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton
Fr Steven Casey: Parish Priest, Karratha/ Dampier WA


“I ask for your fresh consideration on the matter as a point of urgency in the light of humanitarian and compassionate grounds with what the family has been and continue to go through, but also from the point of view of what this family can continue to add to our communities if allowed to stay.”

Graham R Fabian
Senior Minister
Sun City Christian Centre Geraldton

“It would be a shame if Mary’s illness results in their application being rejected as it would be very traumatic for the family to leave the country. It would also result in the unnecessary loss of a medical doctor who has been serving the Australian community for over five years, at a time when there is still a shortage of medical practitioners.”

Ramdas Sankaran: Executive Director, Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia Inc


“Urgently, we are concerned on how to alleviate the plight of the Sofocado family by supporting the visa application already filed at DIAC. Dear Minister, we appeal to your compassion for the family while Mary is still alive. No one can prolong her precious life but your favourable action will surely make her last days less painful. Your act of compassion will be a lasting legacy not only to her two daughters but to all Filipino-Australian families and supporters.”

George Kotsakis: Chairperson, Migrante-Australia
Marino Salinas : President, Filipino Australian Club of Perth
Dante C. Maribbay,CD: President, Damayang Filipino Inc.
Noel Chicote: President, Filipino Australian Sports Association



“To deny the family of permanent residency will be very inhumane as they have served in the caring and wellbeing of fellow Australians and formed strong roots in Australia . It will be devastating enough for the girls to lose their mum at such an early and impressionable age and then to be told that they have to leave the country where they had dreams of building their future.”

Dr Amarjit Singh & Family


Cesar & Mary has done Australia a very special service and I believe that we should be very grateful for that. Please let Mary spend her remaining days in Australia (which the Sofocado family considered as home) peacefully surrounded by her precious family and her loving friends!

Emily McKeating


“They’ve spent almost 6 years of their lives here in Australia and no doubt that they’ve embraced the system whole heartedly. The family had started a new home and look forward for a brighter future. We believed that they need a chance to be heard and be helped in whatever deemed possible for humanitarian reason as Mary’s agony should be appeased and serenity should foster for greater good.”

Dr Garry Fajardo & Family




Religious groups/organizations, private and community organizations, Individual patients/families and friends, in WA and other Australian states



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Jan 142011


The Specialist Pathway and General Pathway (e.g- going through the training pathway via gaining general registration then joining a training program) are two different things.


The specialist pathway entails having had previous training from your country AND being recognized by the specialty college (e.g. Royal Australasian College of Surgery/ Physicians/ EM/ GP). Being recognized as a specialist by the various colleges is very difficult, but NOT IMPOSSIBLE.

The steps involved: (from what I have seen with my friends who came here as specialists and have been recognized by the colleges)

1. Obtain a fellowship in one of the hospitals under your speciality. (This is perhaps one of the most important because it allows you to meet the big bosses of the colleges who will ultimately decide if you are comparable to the rest of the graduates in Australia. Fellowships may take 1 or 2 years, but most will be paid work. Some hospitals now require you to pass the AMC MCQ before you can apply (similar to the US where the USMLE step 1 is required).

2. Submit your credentials to the specialty college who will either do one of 2 things:

a. Approve you outright as a comparable specialist but you need to take the specialty boards

b. Ask you to train a bit more (another 1 or 2 years more) but then you still need to take the specialty boards

3. After the specialty college gives you full accreditation, you can then apply for the Specialist Pathway via the AMC.

4. Once you get the Specialist Certificate from the AMC, you can then apply for permanent residency.

This process may take around 3 to 4 years… if everything goes well!

GENERAL PATHWAY  (a.k.a – going through general registration and then applying to a specialist college for further training)

Compared to the specialist pathway, the general pathway involves having to go through the bottom rung (e.g. – junior doctor) and then qualifying for general registration through the AMC and then applying for the specialty of your choice.


  1. Apply for and pass the AMC MCQ and IELTS (all bands above 7.5).
  2. Apply to an Australian hospital and start work as a junior doctor. Being a junior doctor can mean just finished internship (Post-graduate year 2) OR you already have previous training in a specialty and the hospital is accepting you as a registrar in a specialty (commonly medicine and emergency medicine, but people get into surgery and paediatrics as well)
  3. Ask for rotations in Emergency Medicine, Medicine and Surgery – the 3 required specialties for general registration with APHRA.
  4. Pass the AMC Clinicals exam! (It takes 1 to 1.5 years to get a schedule, but some people have passed the AMC clinical exams first before doing the required rotations in number 3 above.
  5. Obtain permanent residency. This may not apply to some of you who might have received your permanent residency through other means.
  6. Apply to the specialty college of your choice. (Most colleges now are asking for full registration, hence this is step 6, but previously, you could apply to the college of physicians and college of emergency medicine before you pass the AMC exams and obtain full registration.) The College of Surgery and College of Anaesthetics require permanent residency. It is one of the first questions on their application.
  7. Pass the specialty primary and then fellowship exams. Some of the colleges only have 1 exam (RACP) some have the primary and fellowship (ACEM).

This process, from passing the AMC exams to becoming a consultant specialist may take around 10 years… or more!

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Dec 152010
*This is the second of a series of reviews that I will be doing as I locum through different hospitals in Australia. I tried to do a simple search online to find locum doctor experiences with different hospitals, and so far, I haven’t found much. I hope this helps other doctors who are thinking of locuming to different hospitals.

Calvary Hospital

Bruce, ACT

From the Calvary Hospital ED orientation handbook:

“Calvary Hospital is is situated in the northern suburbs of Canberra. It is one of two public hospitals in the ACT. Calvary Hospital also has a private hospital co-located with the public hospital. Calvary Hospital is the closest hospital to the centre of the city, 2 universities and several high school and colleges. It is also the closest hospital to the population growth centre in Canberra, Gungahlin (see attached map). This has resulted in a steady growth of presentations to the department between 3-4% per annum.”

1. Workload / Casemix:

Pros – Twenty percent of patients are children. Both adult and pediatric presentations are mostly medical (e.g. – cardiac,  infectious) Major trauma patients are brought directly to the referral center which is TCH – The Canberra Hospital. The emergency department is split into  Acute and Subacute areas. Category 1 and 2 patients in Acute, Cat 3, 4, and 5 in subacute. There were 3 doctors assigned to the acute area, 4 in subacute. As a locum doctor, you are usually placed into the subacute area, hence the work is relatively not as stressful. However, with any triage system, a patient may be mistakenly placed into a lower category but actually requires higher acute care. Not exactly a walk in the park, but compared to Tamworth Base Hospital, a much more relaxed atmosphere.

Cons – If you are looking for massive trauma, brains spilling out, doing chest drains left and right and the occasional open cardiac massage, Calvary ED is probably not appropriate for you. Since GP clinics are quite hard to get into (allegedly 2 week waiting period), a large bulk of patients are GP-type presentations (request for repeat scripts, man-flu, D&V’s, etc).

2. Consultant Support / Colleague Support

Pros – I did 2 early weekend shifts (0800 to 1700) during my shifts at Calvary Hospital. Consultants were on the floor most of the time during the day and were just a phone call away at night. The consultants were very approachable and happy to help out with any clinical problems. You will be working with doctors who are seconded from The Canberra Hospital and other Locums as well. Calvary hospital apparently has a chronic shortage of doctors for the ED. The junior doctors and registrar are happy to help and are very welcoming of your presence.

Cons – Nothing much. I’ll probably have to work a night shift to see how things change after dark…

3. Nursing Support

Pros – The nurses were generally nice and very helpful. The lesser acuity of the patients probably didn’t stress them out as much as other places. Most have cannulation / phlebotomy skills but since I was the new person, the nurses would opt to help out the training registrars there because they have to look after the juniors as well. Working in the subacute area, you would usually do most things by yourself like in any other fast-track area.

Cons – Not much.

4. Pathology and Radiology

Pros – All pathology tests that you would reasonably need in the ED are available. Xray, CT and USS are available by request during the day. You only need to call the radiographer. No begging needed! 2 hour-turn around time for results.

Cons – Requests are computerized and take a bit longer than just writing CXR on the form. There’s always a page long questionnaire for each patient. Could possibly take a bit of time for newbies like me. There’s also only 1 viewing computer for radiology images. Irritating to be waiting behind someone at times.

5. Housing and Transportation

Pros – Calvary Hospital will provide for airfare, taxi and hospital accomodation for the weary travelling locum doctor. The room I got had 2 beds, a fridge, a bathroom with towels. There was a common room with a kitchenette where people can cook or reheat food.

Cons – The room was a bit dated, the wiring ran outside the walls which indicated a bit of remodelling / renovation but under a tight budget. The kitchenette was a but unkempt – probably the locum people’s fault!

6. Pay

Pros – They pay 150 per hour for day shifts and 170 per hour for night shifts. You can opt to be paid through your ABN so you can charge tax and get full payment until tax time.

Cons – I would have liked at least a 3 day run of shifts to justify my plane trip, but I guess I was a bit of a last minute addition to the roster.

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Dec 072010

*This is the first of a series of reviews that I will be doing as I go locum through the different hospitals in Australia. I have tried to do a simple search online to find locum doctor experiences with different hospitals, so far, I haven’t found much. I hope this helps other doctors who are thinking of locuming to different hospitals.

Tamworth Base Hospital

From the www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au website:

“Tamworth Hospital provides 265 beds with a 24 hour Emergency Department, high level Surgical and Medical services, including a Cardiac Catheterisation laboratory with both diagnostic and low risk interventional procedures, Burns Service, Rehabilitation services (including Brain Injury), a Diabetes Centre, Banksia Mental Health Unit, Renal services, Oncology, Radiology and Pathology.”

1. Workload / Casemix:

Pros – Good amount of pathology going through the doors from kids with bad asthma attacks to a man with complete laceration of all flexor tendons at the wrist with compromised blood flow to the right dominant hand. I don’t think I ever got bored through the night.

Cons – If you are looking for relaxing / easy locum shifts where you would be just treating small cuts and lacerations, this is not the hospital for you. I observed some of the medical staff getting a bit overworked / pressured with the number of patients and the acuity of the cases (myself included!)

2. Consultant Support

Pros -I did 3 nights (2200 to 0830)  during my shifts at Tamworth Base Hospital – consultants were just a phone call away if you need to call them. They were actually nice about being called even during the early hours when you need advice. I even had to call a consultant in at one point because I had 2 ongoing problematic patients. I think they are quite understanding of locum doctors.

Cons – None really, except  that I thought I was going to have a proper introduction to the department (staff and where things are kept) but sadly, nobody came eventhough I was 30 minutes early for my shift. It did say on the acceptance of employment letter that I would have a proper orientation to the place.

3. Nursing Support

Pros – The nurses were generally nice and very helpful. Although with any new encounter of health professionals, you do not know the exact capability of each other. I didn’t really mind when they asked me if I had airway skills and the like because I knew they just wanted to clarify what I am capable of doing.

Cons – I didn’t have a problem much with the nurses in the ED, but some of them can be quite bossy (as with any other place I’ve worked with before). As with the ward nurses that did a “Metcall” for NGT insertion, let me say that I am not fond of being a ward-call slave (I mean ward-call doctor).

4. Pathology and Radiology

Pros – All pathology tests that you would reasonably need in the ED are available. Xray and CT are on-call, and you don’t need to ask permission from the Radiologist before you can get a CT. However, if you need to get the official results of a CT, you better have a rock-solid explanation why you woke him or her up at 2 am!

Cons – Having to defend the need for an official reading of a CT in the wee hours of the morning – I thought getting run over by a car was a pretty good mechanism…

5. Housing and Transportation

Pros – Tamworth Hospital will provide for airfare, taxi and hospital accomodation for the weary travelling locum doctor. The room was spartan.

Cons – You are not allowed to share the room with your wife, so we opted to stay in a motel for the duration of my stay.

6. Pay

Pros – They pay 110 per hour for day shifts and 130 per hour for night shifts.

Cons – 3 weeks have passed and I still haven’t been paid!!! This is an ongoing issue with NSW health I was told. Makes me want to reconsider doing locum shifts in NSW again…

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Nov 302010

I have contacted Ipswich Hospital, and they are in desperate need of emergency doctors.

They are approximately 45 minutes away from Brisbane – hence a good way of starting work in Australia, but close enough to a big city, and beach.


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Oct 272010

As you might have noticed the registration process for IMGs in Australia is forever changing and sometimes illogical in ways, The aim of this post is to help IMGs through the registration process.

In the UK all the accreditation is undertaken by one body which is the GMC with GPs having to register with a PCT trust who hold annual appraisals for their GPs, When I first started in this line of work all those years ago finding positions in the UK for doctors from Poland, Germany and the Scandinavian countries I remember thinking how long winded the process is. Now I’m thinking the exact opposite after working on getting doctors who qualified outside of Australia into positions in Australia. After months of trying to find a logical pathway through the beaurocratic layers in place here in Australia I think I have finally cracked it, Well until it changes again which it inevitably will…..

Firstly if you are from the UK, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand the process could nearly be described as straightforward, You simply apply to the AMC using the competent authority pathway and the chances are you will get mutual recognition but then you are still subject to the 10 year Moratorium.

If you obtained your medical degree in any other country and want to work in Australia it would be worth gaining fellowship of a specialist college which is recognized by the relevant specialist college here in Australia, This way if your fellowship is transferable to the Australian college the registration process is much more straightforward and saves a lot of time waiting for an MCQ and a Clinical exam date.

If none of the above applies to you the other alternative is to sit the AMC MCQ exam and then approach a specialist college to assess your overseas practice experience and point you in the right direction for fellowship which will allow you to obtain limited registration until you have gained fellowship. The other way is to sit both the AMC MCQ and the AMC clinical but with the clinical exam being oversubscribed waiting times could be in excess of a year.

A little about AHPRA, AHPRA does the job of the GMC in the UK but without the accreditation role, AHPRA is the national register of licensed practitioners and the accreditation is handled by the Australian Medical Council – AMC. AHPRA’s registration is entirely dependent on the AMC’s opinion and in order to gain full AHPRA registration you will need an AMC certificate. Details on the pathways involved can be found on the AMC website.

Finally the next stage is to find a suitable position but this can sometimes be tricky depending on the type of registration you have, Obviously the most lucrative of positions are locum assignments with some paying in excess of $2000 per day for a VR’d GP in a rural location, To be able to undertake this type of work you will need general registration and be able to work without supervision.

The other options available if you are a GP with non VR status would be to take a position in an DWS and AON where you can work under supervision, These are less lucrative and your registration will more than likely limit you to one place of practice until you obtain your fellowship.

For hospital doctors without fellowship or general registration the same applies with regards to registration and working under supervision.

For GPs its also worth mentioning the 10 year Moratorium but more information can be found in another section of this site or on www.doctorconnect.gov.au

The best and probably the only truly efficient way of finding a position in Australia is by applying to a recruitment agency who will be able to look at your CV and match you up to one of the positions they have available, This ensures that your CV only goes to the organizations who are looking to recruit and also agencies here in Australia have much more leverage in negotiating packages than individual applicants and can also iron out any problems before you arrive to start your new job. Most recruitment consultants have a wealth of experience when it comes to the registration process and are a great source of impartial advice. The one thing I would advise is not to apply to more than 1 agency as if a hospital receives your CV several times from different organizations it may have a negative effect on your credibility and can make you look desperate.

Another thing which you should bear in mind is that recruitment agencies shouldn’t charge you any upfront fees for helping you find a position and any companies which insist on you paying them anything are not credible as this isn’t normal in this industry.

Finally if you have completed the registration process and need help finding a GP or hospital specialist position please drop me an email and I would be more than happy to help. My contact details are in my profile or send your details to me at chris@pulsestaffing.com.au

Any questions or if you need anything clarified please just ask and I would be more than happy to help.

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