Good News for UK & Irish GPs Going to Australia!

There has been a recent change at the RACGP. They are now offering a route for UK & Irish trained GPs to gain registration in Australia and work in a suburban area.

First, to recap: when the new RACGP registration process came into force on September 1st 2019, the RACGP stipulated that all GPs had to work for 12 months in a “MMM2 area or above” (see note below for definition). These areas are essentially rural & remote parts of Australia.

The new change, effective from early October 2019, will allow “substantially comparable” GPs to work in a MMM1 area. These are generally suburban areas. Four caveats:

  1. The RACGP won’t say exactly whether a GP will be “substantially comparable” or not prior to an application. However, they say that a complete application for a GP with MRCGP is usually substantially comparable. (See copy of email received from the RACGP on 7th October 2019)
  2. If you need a visa, you will still need to get a Health Workforce Certificate (see this blog post) to be able to work in that area
  3. You won’t be given Fellowship for the first year but you should get the same payment schedule as if you do have Fellowship
  4. There is a requirement to work in a “PEP Priority GP catchment area”. However, the definition / requirements for this hasn’t been published yet

 

Notes:

  • This is a copy of the email received from the RACGP: “Dear Paul Thank you for your email. Unfortunately we cannot give a clear indication if UK Trained GP’s will be substantially or partially comparable as it is dependent on their Comparability Assessment application. The application is assessed on recency, continuity of practice, continual professional development, assessment, training, qualifications and clinical experience. However, a complete application for MRCGP doctors are usually substantially comparable.”
  • MMM areas. This map shows the areas across Australia:
  • This is a link to the RACGP website with the information about working in a MMM1 area
The service I received from both Paul in the UK and from Monique and Martina in Australia was excellent. Initially I mainly was in contact with Paul whilst I was getting organised with registration which he helped with. He was extremely patient in answering all my questions. When I first arrived in Newcastle I was really pleased that Martina came to meet me there whilst she was visiting New South Wales (despite being based in Melbourne) and took me to my practice to meet everyone. I found this particularly helpful as I moved out here on my own knowing no-one so I was grateful to meet a friendly face. I’ve been here 5 months now and its definitely been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Dr S. G.