How to get a GP job in Australia

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Sarah Peddie

As a General Practitioner or Family Doctor, you will be the first person a patient will go to if they have a health issue. GPs are doctors who have completed medical training in general practice. They have a broad range of knowledge and skills to help treat all health issues a patient might have throughout their lifetime. As a GP gets to know their patient, the patient’s family and the community - they can provide care that is suitable.

A GP will decide whether a patient needs to go and see another health professional or referral to see a specialist in a specific area. 

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

Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we take a look at how you can get a GP job in Australia and what steps you need to take to get there. 

What do you need? 

To become a GP in Australia you need to have completed medical studies at university which can be between four and seven years. You can complete an undergraduate medical degree after secondary school - entry into these courses are very competitive and are based on academic achievement, performance on the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) and an interview. 

You must obtain a GP fellowship which you can obtain through two medical colleges in Australia: the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

You can also, on top of this, complete an internship at a recognised hospital for one year. 

All GPs must be registered with the Medical Board of Australia. 

Apply for a job

It is well advised that you try to find a job and be prepared before you head down under to Australia. 

You may be in the country but you might have to wait a while for applications to go through and contracts to start so it will be beneficial to you to get a job in the bag beforehand. Once it has been confirmed and contracts have been signed, then you should get your paperwork sorted.

Registering 

If you are an international medical graduate and want to practice in Australia then you have to have your overseas medical qualifications verified by relevant authorities.

Your medical qualifications must be verified by the Australian Medical Council before you can apply to register to practise.

There are FOUR different pathways in which an IMG can gain registration in Australia. These are: Competent Authority pathway, Specialist pathway, Standard pathway and Short term training in a medical speciality pathway. 

Find out here which pathway is best for you.

If you are looking to move to Australia for a new job then register with Odyssey Recruitment and we could help you get your dream job down under.