Can UK doctors work in Australia?

Article by Julia Strelou07 Apr 2022
UK doctors moving to Australia

Thinking of taking your medical career to Australia?

Australia has a lot to offer UK doctors. Modern medical systems a great lifestyle, and the ability to earn great money are just some of the reasons UK doctors look for jobs in Australia.

In Australia, doctors who received their qualifications overseas are often known as International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and this is a term you’ll see a lot, both here and on official government documentation.

We have a team dedicated to IMGs, who can help you to determine the opportunities available to you, and many of them migrated to Australasia from the UK themselves so they have first-hand experience they will be able to share.

Typically, your registration pathway depends on your individual circumstances, such as where you completed your primary medical degree, the countries in which you have clinical experience, and if you’re a specialist or junior doctor.

To practice in Australia, you must be registered with AHPRA (Australia. For IMGs, this is achievable via a number of pathways (or routes), your eligibility for which is determined by your clinical background.

Finding out if you are eligible for registration can be a mind-boggling process, but it’s an important first step. We’ve put together this information to help you get an idea of the options available to you.

UK non-specialist doctor pathway to working in Australia

If you completed your medical training in the UK or Ireland you are eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway. This is the most common pathway for non-specialist doctors. You’ll be able to gain provisional registration in Australia if you get a job offer. Your job offer will need to include 12 months of supervised practice with an AHPRA-approved supervisor. Once you have completed this, you can apply for full, unrestricted registration. If you are confident you are eligible for this pathway, Medrecruit can help you find a suitable job offer and walk you through your move to Australia.

UK specialist doctor pathway to working in Australia

To work as a specialist in Australia, you’ll need to have an appropriate specialist qualification or postgraduate training qualification first. You’ll need to apply to the relevant specialist college for an assessment of your qualifications. This looks at how your qualifications and experience compare to that of an Australian-trained specialist. The outcome of this will let you know which path to take toward medical registration. This isn’t cheap to do and it does not guarantee you a job offer, but it is an essential step.

There are two main pathways to registration:

  • The Specialist Pathway is the most common.
  • Some doctors may be eligible for the Short-Term Training Pathway, where registration is granted for a maximum of two years.

The work/life balance offered by Australia and New Zealand make them popular IMG destinations with doctors from the UK and other countries.

We know that it's a big move, that's why we will provide you with everything you need to know about visas, medical registration, and life in Australia so that you are set up for a successful relocation.

To find out more, register with Medrecruit. Once registered, you’ll be able to see and search for job opportunities and if it’s the right time for you, we’ll put you in contact with a Solutions Specialist.

Together, you’ll discuss your options and take your first steps toward medical registration in Australia or New Zealand.

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Julia Strelou
Article by Julia StrelouMedrecruit Editor
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