- Flowchart - Specialist recognition pathway
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The Medical Board of Australia accepts international medical graduates (IMGs) who are assessed and recognised by Australian specialist medical colleges, for registration to practise in their field of specialisation.
The purpose of the specialist assessment is to determine the comparability of training, qualifications and experience of overseas trained specialists, with Australian trained specialists. The application process is administered by the Australian Medical Council (AMC), but assessment of the applicant’s training and experience is undertaken by the relevant specialist medical college.
IMGs - medical qualifications obtained overseas
An IMG with formal postgraduate radiology or radiation oncology specialist qualifications in their country of training wishing to work in Australia must first apply to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for specialist recognition, whereby the relevant qualifications are checked through the International Credentials Service (EICS) of the Educational Commission for the Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
The application is in turn referred to the College to determine whether the IMG’s qualifications and professional experience are comparable to those of an Australian-trained specialist.
For further information regarding the AMC’s requirements, please consult the website: www.amc.org.au.
You should be advised that, under the terms of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Act, practitioners who did not obtain their medical degree in Australia may be restricted in their ability to access Medicare benefits even after obtaining Fellowship. For further information regarding access to Medicare Benefits, refer to the Australian Government Medicare Australia website and contact them directly - www.medicareaustralia.gov.au information on specialist medical college assessment.
IMGs - specialist qualifications obtained overseas
International Medical Graduates who obtained their primary degree in Australia but hold qualifications that allow recognition as a specialist in their country of training are not required to go through the Australian Medical Council for assessment of their qualifications.
Applicants can approach the College directly and proceed to specialist assessment by the assessment panel who will determine their comparability. They are also not subject to the 10-year qualifying requirement for access to Medicare rebate eligibility, which the Federal Government has imposed generally on overseas-trained medical practitioners.
Education Officer, IMG
Phone: +61 2 9268 9724
Fax: +61 2 9268 9799