Further Information

Further Information

Australian Health Practitioner regulation Agency

There are different categories of registration in each profession. For information about registration as a health practitioner in each of the 14 health professions regulated under the National Scheme go to the website for the relevant National Board.

Australian Health Practitioner regulation Agency

Australian Healthcare System and Medical Practice

The College recommends that you take the time to read through the following two modules before applying for Specialist Recognition:

Australian Healthcare System

Medical Practice

Medicare Provider Number Legislation

The College strongly recommends that you visit the following website to ensure that you understand the restrictions for IMGs who wish to work in private practice and obtain a Medicare provider number after being recommended for Specialist Recognition:

http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au

What are the restrictions?

Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) and Foreign Graduates of Accredited Medical Schools (FGAMS) who gained their first medical registration or became permanent Australian residents or citizens on or after 1 January 1997 are not eligible for a Medicare provider number for a period of 10 years.

What does this mean?

It means that if you wish to work in private practice and be issued a Medicare provider number to enable your patients to access Medicare benefits, you must wait for a period of 10 years.

Can you be exempted from this rule?

You can only be exempted from this rule if you work in a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) area. DWS areas are determined by the Department of Health and are generally not in metropolitan areas

Why are there restrictions?

DWS determinations support the restriction of Medicare provider numbers to minimise the workforce maldistribution and shortage in Australia

Are there incentives to decrease the waiting period?

Yes. Participants are able to reduce the waiting period through the Scaling Initiative which encourages participants to work in a DWS in a rural or remote area.

The total time credited in days is deducted from the end date of the Return of Service Period according to the following discount rates:

ASGC-RA Classification Scaling Discount
RA2 – Inner Regional Australia 9 years
RA3 – Outer Regional Australia 7 years
RA4 – Remote Australia 6 years
RA5 – Very Remote Australia 5 years

Search the MAP (http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator) to determine the ASCG Remoteness Areas