Pathways for medical professionals


DoctorConnect has been produced by the Department of Health and Ageing to provide a starting point for both overseas trained doctors (OTDs) who may be considering work in Australia and for employers seeking to recruit them.

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Information contained in DoctorConnect includes:

Royal Australian College of Practitioners

National CoAG registration pathways

The RACGP has developed a Specialist Pathway that will enable doctors with appropriate assessment to be practising in Australian General Practice.

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NSW Rural Doctors Network

RWAV - Rural Workforce Agency, Victoria

These training and support programs have been specifically designed for overseas trained doctors. For this reason, participants in these programs must be either RLRP and VORRS general practitioners.

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Overseas Trained Medical Specialists

For an overseas trained specialist (OTS) to be able to work in their specialty in Australia, registration must be obtained from the Medical Board of the State or Territory in which they wish to work. To achieve this, their specialist qualifications must be formally recognised by the relevant Australian Specialist Medical College.

Specialist Medical Colleges

The Specialist Medical Colleges set and administer the programs of specialist medical training and examinations on a national basis and are largely responsible for maintaining professional standards in the various medical specialties.

The Colleges are responsible for:

  • training Australian specialists;
  • assessing overseas trained specialists (OTSs);
  • providing opportunities for continuing professional development; and
  • liaising with government to ensure the interests of medical specialists are represented in Australia

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Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council – International Section

The International Section of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) is an assessing authority for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

The ANMC conducts an assessment of Registered Nurses and Midwives who intend to migrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration category. The ANMC has been authorised by DIAC to undertake these assessments.

Through this process the ANMC determines whether nurses and midwives are suitable for migration or whether they may need to undertake further education in order to be eligible for migration in the stated skill category.

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