Area of Need

Area of Need

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.

  1. Area of Need positions in Australia are advertised on state Department of Health websites and the websites of various Australian recruitment companies.
  2. Applications are made direct to the employer of each individual AoN position
  3. Applicants must have been formally offered an AoN position before they are eligible to apply for assessment
  4. Once the AMC has issued the IMG applicant with an AMC number and EICS number, the applicant should complete the pre-application questionnaire available on the College website. College will assess this questionnaire within 5 working days to determine eligibility to apply for Specialist Recognition.
  5. Applicant’s qualifications and experience are assessed by the ACD against the AoN position requirements

Upon completion of the College’s assessment of the IMG and where necessary, an interview is required, the following outcomes are possible:

  1. Suitable
  2. Not suitable

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.

It is strongly recommended that you review the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ Curriculum prior to applying. This will give you an idea of the broad range of subject areas covered in the College’s 4 year training program. The curriculum can be viewed: here

The table below provides information on the assessment outcomes of 13 applications received over the last 9 years.

Assessment Outcomes 2007 – 2016*
Suitable 53.8%
Not suitable 23.1%