Area of Need (AoN) positions are approved by the State Government and are temporary employment opportunities for overseas specialists who have not yet gained specialist recognition and, therefore, specialist registration in Australia. The positions are supervised and restrict the IMG to the job description of the proposed position.
Upon completion of the College’s assessment of the IMG and where necessary, an interview is required, the following outcomes are possible:
Applicants who are found to be suitable are not entitled to specialist registration and are unable to access the higher specialist A1 Medicare rates. In addition, there are restrictions on an Area of Need doctor’s ability to prescribe certain medications. Patients may not receive benefits on certain medications if they are prescribed by an Area of Need doctor.
The length of assessment process and possible subsequent interview is dependent upon the availability of interview spaces.
The table below provides information on the assessment outcomes of 13 applications received over the last 9 years.