Are you a GP moving to Australia?

Medipeople provides specialist recruitment and migration services for General Practitioners looking for General Practice jobs in Australia and New Zealand.

Medipeople offers the widest choice of general practice jobs and a specialized, professional migration service dedicated to assisting general practitioners and their families with the relocation process. We recruit General Practitioners for a wide variety of medical centres, private practices and other health facilities in Australia and New Zealand. Working with Medipeople you are guaranteed a choice of leading opportunities that match your requirements, advice regarding contracts and negotiation to make sure that you secure the best deal for your situation.

If you are planning to relocate from overseas you may be confused about GP work in Australia.

At Medipeople our dedicated GP recruitment team has met with hundreds of practices in Australia and New Zealand to create a shortlist of the very best GP practices and opportunities available for local and internationally based General Practitioners.

As a GP thinking about relocating to Australia or New Zealand you may have considered the kind of lifestyle and work arrangements that best suit your personal situation.

We will help you with all the steps you may need:

  • Fine tuning your resume
  • Finding, applying for and landing the job you want
  • Contract negotiations
  • Accommodation
  • Money matters
  • Battling your way through the immigration jungle
  • Getting your qualifications and skills recognized
  • Professional registration
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Securing the best financial and relocation package

The RACGP and AMC have recently developed the RACGP Specialist Pathway for eligible international medical graduates to achieve Fellowship in Australia. Initial verification is made through the Australian Medical Council. Medipeople works in coordination with the applicant and these bodies to manage the process.

If you hold one of the qualifications listed below you are considered equivalent to an Australian college fellow and there is no need for further training or College examination to obtain RACGP fellowship. Other qualifications may also be considered as partially comparable but further training will be required.

CanadaCertificate in Family Medicine from College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) + Evidence of Canadian Qualifying Examinations Part 1 + 2 post 1992
IrelandGraduate of ICGP holding MICGP membership
New ZealandFellow of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP)
SingaporeFellowship of College of Family Physicians Singapore
UKMembership of the Royal College of General Practitioners holding the JCPTGP certificate
UKMembership of the Royal College of General Practitioners holding the post graduate Medical Education and Training (PMETB) qualification

Overseas trained doctors are restricted to which locations they can work by a mechanism called District of Workforce Shortage (DWS). The restriction has been in operation since 1996 and requires OTDs to work General Practice Jobs in DWS in order to obtain a provider number to access Medicare benefits. Australian GP’s are paid by Medicare on service per fee basis. DWS is calculated by the number of doctors available in ratio to the population. Due to Australia’s rapid population growth many DWS locations are in or close to major towns and cities.

This restriction on the provider number is in place for a period of ten years from the time when the OTD first obtained registration in Australia. From 1 July 2010, the Moratorium reduction scheme offers more incentives to work as a rural GP. Reduction of the Ten Year Moratorium may be available, depending on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (or ASGC-RA) of your primary Medicare Provider Number. There is also a five year Moratorium’s now in operation that can lead to a faster removal of all provider number restrictions.

Where are the most popular destination for GPs in Australia?

Overseas trained GPs have a wide choice when it comes to DWS locations in Australia. Many of these are close to major towns and cities. Please see below some of the more popular destinations:

  • GP jobs in Canberra – enjoy clean air and Australia’s best Schools & Universities
  • GP jobs on the Central Coast –  enjoy NSW beach living at an affordable rate
  • GP jobs in Brisbane – enjoy the spoils of the Sunshine State capital
  • GP jobs in Cairns – enjoy the beautiful jewel of Australia’s tropical north
  • GP jobs in Tropical Queensland – enjoy the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
  • GP jobs in Wollongong (Sydney South) – enjoy beach living at an affordable price
  • GP jobs in Perth – enjoy Australia’s fastest growing city on the back of the mining boom
  • GP jobs in Adelaide – enjoy being on the doorstep of Australia’s best wineries
  • GP jobs in Sydney – enjoy Australia’s largest and most international city
  • GP jobs in Melbourne – enjoy the cosmopolitan lifestyle that this city offers

Of course there are plenty of other opportunities within Australia, especially in the Rural & Remote areas of the outback such as mining towns and other places that hardly register as a dot on the map! Talk to us and we will advise you every step of the way in making the right choices for your career.

How do I get assessed to work as a GP in New Zealand?

Assessment is made by the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice. There is no location restriction on OTD General Practitioners and they are free to work in any area they wish.

In order to work in a permanent GP position, GP’s require Vocational or Pre-Vocational registration. If you do not hold a relevant Australasian post graduate qualification then the assessment process does take several months. Overseas trained doctors who satisfy the criteria must complete between 12-18 months supervised practice and assessment on provisional vocational scope before being considered for vocational scope.

Overseas trained GP’s may also work for up to 6 months in locum position on special purpose registration.

If you are an internationally GP looking for GP jobs in New Zealand then you may be eligible for registration if you hold one of the postgraduate qualifications listed below, meet the English language requirements and have completed at least two years vocational GP training.

  • Certificate of the American Board of Family Practice
  • Certificate of the American Board of Family Medicine
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • If obtained after 30 September 2005 must be accompanied by a Certificate of Completion of Training issued by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board
  • Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Certificate of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of General Practitioners
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of General Practice of the College of Medicine of South Africa
  • Membership of the Faculty of General Practice of the College of Medicine of South Africa

GP Locum Jobs in Australia:

Medipeople has an excellent GP locum recruitment division representing medical centres  throughout Australia. If you are a GP locum or looking to try working as a locum in General Practice please contact Medipeople’s Locum GP Recruitment team to discuss your options.

Medipeople is the preferred supplier to a number of major health providers throughout Australia and Zealand and require GP’s to fill and huge number of GP jobs throughout Australasia. Talk to Medipeople today for General Practice jobs in Australia and New Zealand.

To apply for one of these positions or to register your interest please go to the right hand side of this page and click on Register with Medipeople now.