The 5 Year Overseas Trained Doctor Scheme lets overseas trained doctors (OTDs) reduce the period they must work in a DPA or DWS location by working in an eligible rural or remote location.
Overseas trained doctors who are subject to 19AB are usually restricted on where they can practice medicine in Australia and limits them from accessing Medicare rebates until they complete 10 years working in a priority area—also known as the 10 Year Moratorium.
19AB applies to you either if you:
1. got your degree outside of Australia or New Zealand OR
2. enrolled in a degree in Australia or New Zealand as a temporary resident
IMGs are limited by Medicare Provider Number restrictions for a period of between five and ten years depending on the ASGC-RA (Remoteness Area) classification of the location of the medical practice.
This 5 Year Overseas Trained Doctor Scheme is available for suitably qualified and experienced OTDs who are prepared to work in locations which are the most difficult to recruit for.
By participating in the Five-Year Scheme and committing to work in remote locations, IMGs can reduce the time restriction by three to five years.
To be eligible to receive the benefits of the 5 Year Scheme, the doctor must:
- complete the required terms of service in a location deemed eligible for the Scheme;
- attain Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM); and
- attain permanent residency or Australian Citizenship.
For more details on eligible locations as per the 5 year Overseas Trained Doctor Scheme, call RDWA on 08 8234 8277 or visit the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA) website.
How can we help you?
Our consultants at Medfuture help IMGs and GPs with their career pathways on a daily basis. If you wish to know more about the 19AB restriction or Moratorium Scaling, inquire or share your contact details via [email protected] and one of our recruitment consultants will reach out to you.