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Industry Updates

Demand for telehealth & virtual consultations skyrocket in the wake of COVID-19

POSTED ON 18-12-2020

With the advent of Covid-19, Australia became one of the many countries to embrace telemedicine like never before. Here are a few interesting facts and insights on how the rise of this new industrial trend could lead to a permanent shift in the nation’s healthcare landscape.

Working as a doctor in Australia

POSTED ON 10-03-2021

With its promise of generous doses of sun, a laidback lifestyle and a fantastic work-life balance, Australia has always been considered a popular destination for UK trained doctors looking for a temporary or permanent move overseas. There are numerous opportunities available, and with more junior hospital positions being filled within Australia, senior and specialised staff are in particular demand.

Recognized Workforce Training Programs to Satisfy 19AA | 3GA Programs

POSTED ON 10-03-2021

After the introduction of Section 19AA, to get a Medicare Provider Number doctors must be recognized as a General Practitioner—which means doctors who are not Vocationally Registered, should gain registration on an approved 3GA program. If you are not Vocationally Registered, you will not be able to access Medicare benefits. This legislation relates to both Australian Citizens as well as immigrated overseas doctors who obtained citizenship.

How does 19AA and 19AB work? Are there exemptions?

POSTED ON 22-06-2021

19AA section involves Non-Vocationally Registered (VR) Australian Permanent resident or citizen to be registered on a recognized 3GA program to gain access to Medicare benefits prior to commencing work as a General Practitioner. This applies to both Australians by birth and for those who have become Australians. If you are a Permanent resident or an Australian Citizen, you will be restricted by 19AA and will be required to participate in a fellowship program. Under certain circumstances, you will also be restricted by 19AB, meaning you will have to live and work in a Distribution Priority Area (DPA) location.

Quick Summary of Pathways to Registration in Australia

POSTED ON 11-01-2021

Explore the different pathways available for International Medical Graduates to get registered in Australia. As an overseas Doctor seeking registration to practice medicine in Australia, you need to provide evidence of eligibility to undertake..

Do IMGs have to Work in Rural Australia?

POSTED ON 22-06-2021

Work location is one of the less difficult aspects when it comes to IMGs working in Australia. But do IMGs have to work in rural Australia?... However, rumours that international doctors can only work in rural parts of Australia is not true...viable option to control and distribute healthcare accessibility across the country.

Registering with AHPRA to Gain Higher Medicare Rebates | 2021

POSTED ON 19-03-2021

If you are a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and are not currently registered as a specialist with Ahpra, you will need to update your registration statusby the 16th of April 2021 and submit it tosubmit it to Services Australia. If you are unsure of your registration status, you can check using AHPRA’s public register.

Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT)

POSTED ON 26-03-2021

AGPT program is also the key 3GA program for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who go through the Standard pathway process completing the AMC certificate requirements and one year of supervised practice

RACGP’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) - Standard Pathway

POSTED ON 16-04-2021

The Practice Experience Program is a work-based assessment program designed to support Non-Vocationally Registered Doctors in achieving the RACGP Fellowship. This Non-VR support program is funded under the Australian Government’s (Department of Health) Stronger Rural Health Strategy for Doctors based in MMM2 to MMM7.

RACGP’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) Specialist Stream

POSTED ON 16-04-2021

Practice Experience Program specialist stream is a 3GA program that provides structured education and peer support for International Medical Graduates (IMG) with overseas specialist qualifications.

GP demand and supply in North Western Melbourne

POSTED ON 05-05-2021

GPs are the most accessible medical professionals in Australia and the backbone of primary healthcare. Here are a few trends that will shape the supply and demand of GPs and the future healthcare industry in North Western Melbourne:

Australian Medical Industry Updates for GPs- May 06th 2021

POSTED ON 06-05-2021

If you are a Medical Practitioner with RACGP or ACRRM fellowship, but not specialist registration, this update should affect you. To access Medicare rebates, from 16 June 2021, general practitioners with a fellowship qualification from RACGP or ACRRM must hold specialist registration with the Medical Board to access Medicare rebates.

Reducing the 10-Year Moratorium for International Medical Graduates

POSTED ON 20-05-2021

The 10-year moratorium is an Australian Government policy that requires Overseas Trained Doctors to practice in areas where there are doctor shortages for 10 years...working in an area classified as DPA or DWS can be reduced through the scaling method or the 5 Year Overseas Trained Doctor Scheme.

Australian Medical Industry Updates | June 03rd

POSTED ON 03-06-2021

• 05 COVID-19 cases have locally acquired in the last 24 hours – Australian Department of Health • Fellow GPs of RACGP or ACRRM must hold specialist registration with the Medical Board to access Medicare rebates. – Medical Board of Australia

Introduction to Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)

POSTED ON 10-06-2021

Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) is a fellowship training program for Medical Practitioners in a rural or remote location, Aboriginal Medical Service or amongst Torres Strait Islander communities where accessing mainstream practice training is difficult. The intent behind this scheme is to retain doctors and give them the opportunity to continue providing services amongst rural and remote communities across Australia.

RACGP’s Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) - 2021

POSTED ON 17-06-2021

The Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) was introduced by the RACGP replacing the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the final exam a GP must undergo to achieve Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

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How to become a Locum Doctor in Australia?

Often Locum positions request the candidate to have a provider number—a unique number you can get if you are an eligible health professional recognized for Medicare services. Locums in private practice including General Practice must have a Provider Number since you will not be able to charge patients Medicare fees for the services provided—therefore the locum role wouldn’t be viable.

5 Reasons to work as a Locum Doctor

While having the advantage of meeting many new people, grow their professional network, and work with a diverse range of patients, Locum Doctors can earn a much better income since locum work generally pays well. As a Doctor struggling to build up their bank account and lead a financially stable life or trying to pay off student medical debts, working part-time ass a locum doctor can be very helpful to earn an extra income.

How Much Can a Locum Doctor Earn in Australia?

Moreover, doctors working in the private sector are usually salaried considerably higher than those in the public sector. However, in Australia the salaries of locum doctors within the public sector are governed by several frameworks and policies in place. Take a look at these example policies —the NSW Junior Doctor Rates Policy and the QLD Health Locum arrangements and conditions.

General Practice Fellowships in Australia

There are various pathways to being recognized as a General Practitioner in Australia. Each GP Training program have their specific eligibility criteria. As an applicant, you need to self-review your individual eligibility for each GP Training Program.

Quick Summary of Pathways to Registration in Australia

Explore the different pathways available for International Medical Graduates to get registered in Australia. As an overseas Doctor seeking registration to practice medicine in Australia, you need to provide evidence of eligibility to undertake..

Employment Contracts and Conditions for Australian Doctors

..employment contract is what identifies the working relationship, rights and responsibilities, and expectations between the employee/independent contractor and the employer. The contract/agreement is important for both parties as it helps understand what involves in their business relationship. It similarly prevents any misunderstandings or risks associated with signing a contract.

RACGP’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) Specialist Stream

Practice Experience Program specialist stream is a 3GA program that provides structured education and peer support for International Medical Graduates (IMG) with overseas specialist qualifications.

GP demand and supply in North Western Melbourne

GPs are the most accessible medical professionals in Australia and the backbone of primary healthcare. Here are a few trends that will shape the supply and demand of GPs and the future healthcare industry in North Western Melbourne:

Reasons to relocate to Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle is a modern harbour city in the Australian state of New South Wales located at the mouth of the Hunter River, approximately 105 miles (170 km) northeast of Sydney...GPs can enjoy salary packaging benefits, flexible working arrangements, professional support staff, access to regular health and wellbeing programs, opportunities for continuous professional development as well as great team culture. A variety of non-corporate, mixed and bulk billing practices to choose from.

What is the 5 Year Overseas Trained Doctor Scheme?

By participating in the Five-Year Scheme and committing to work in remote locations in South Australia, IMGs can reduce the time restriction by three to five years.

English Language Requirements for New Zealand Doctors

Doctors, Medical Staff and Allied Health Professionals in New Zealand must Pass the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) by achieving above the minimum score or the Occupational English Test by achieving the minimum grade in order to be eligible for the New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX Clinical).

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