Positive Changes to the RACGP Registration System for UK & Irish Trained GPs

The RACGP has tweaked their registration system for UK & Irish GPs.  It is now possible to work in a “MMM1” area – previously it had to be a “MMM2” or above area. The significance of this is that MMM1 areas are suburban. MMM2 are rural.

The RACGP and the Dept of Health still have various other hoops for GPs to jump through:

  • GPs must work in a DPA (Distribution Priority Area). However, there are some suburban areas which meet this requirement. E.G. Gregory Hills in south west Sydney; Byford, south east of Perth; outer areas of Adelaide; Launceston in Tasmania and places like Ballarat, west of Melbourne (we have jobs in all these areas)
  • If you need a work visa, the practice must obtain a Health Workforce Certificate (HWC), allowing them to use a visa holder for the vacancy. If you don’t need a visa (either because you already have PR or are going as the partner to a visa holder, then this requirement does not need to be met)
  • The placement must be in a “PEP priority GP catchment area”. This hasn’t been fully defined by either the RACGP or the Dept of Health but our understanding is that these areas will be closely aligned with DPA catchment areas

Overall, there now looks to be a route through the red tape to allow UK & Irish GPs to work relatively close to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The exception is Brisbane but we’re working on that!

For more information, please feel free to call on 01483 763102 / 07950 029647 or email [email protected]

 

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