How to get a GP job in Australia

How to get a general practitioner (GP) job in Australia

Sarah Peddie

General Practitioners are in strong demand in Australia where there is a large shortage, especially in the more rural areas, and there are lots of opportunities for work in this field which is still listed as a skills shortage.

There are around 37,000 GPs currently working in Australia and around 40 percent of those were trained overseas. 

General practice is attractive for physicians who are looking for more independence in patient management and greater control over their working environment. In contrast to the UK National Health Service (NHS) model, most Australian GPs work on a fee share basis, retaining a percentage of their earnings and dedicating a smaller percentage to the medical clinic management. Hard work therefore brings extra rewards!

Job satisfaction is consistently higher than in the UK and many other countries and outside of work there is a most attractive lifestyle to enjoy.

What do you need to do to get started?

The first step you will need to complete is registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Open a portfolio account with the Medical Board and an EPIC Portfolio to verify your educational credentials. Link the EPIC account to the Medical Board account and wait for your primary source verifications to complete.

The final setp is the assessment with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.(RACGP).

Specialist qualifications in General Practice which are accepted as equivalents to the Australian Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) include:

  • MRCGP and CCT
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • CFPC
  • MICGP and CSD
  • Spanish Board of Family Medicine
Some other European qualifications are also accepted and you can check with the RACGP if your qualifications meet with their approval.

There are FOUR different pathways in which you can register as an International Medical Graduate (IMG) in Australia 

These are: 

  • Competent Authority pathway
  • Specialist pathway
  • Standard pathway 
  • Short term training in a medical speciality pathway. 

Find out here which pathway is best for you.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Australia has two colleges for general practitioners and qualifications from both are accepted for most jobs.The College of Rural and Remote Medicine has a curriculum designed for work in areas where medical services are limited and a more diverse set of skills required including:

  • emergency medicine
  • obstetrics
  • anaesthesia
  • internal medicine

Experience general practitioners can work as District Medical Officers in hospitals or clinics taking senior roles in emergency departments.

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