UK & Ireland

Looking for a Change?

Why is now the Right Time for UK and Irish Doctors to Move Down Under?

Are you a UK or Irish GP looking to make the move to QLD Australia?

There is no better time to make the move to QLD with endless job opportunities, reopening of the Australian boarder’s and QLD Covid Vaccination rates up to 90%! Australia offers a fabulous setting to enjoy a permanent or sabbatical medical career.

Australia’s national shortage of GPs means there is plenty of work available. Similar healthcare systems and regulatory requirements, place Uk and Irish doctors at an advantage for these positions over other non-Aussie GPs.

From golden beaches, red deserts, vibrant cities to the fantastic great barrier reef, it’s the perfect place for a new opportunity.

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Things To Consider

When moving overseas there’s a few things to consider, luckily for you, we’re the experts.

Professional Registration

Australian and UK medical qualifications are interchangeable and are mutually recognised. So provided you meet the requirements, registering with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is quite simple

Doctors from overseas countries such as the UK are known as International Medical Graduates (IMGs), it is very important that these Doctors have their medical qualifications and experience time assessed and recognised, it is worth noting that when these Drs have their time assessment carried out from RACGP any hospital experience is not counted towards the time needed to meet the General Practice requirements.  Qualifications will also need to be verified by the Australian Medical College (AMC) and the Drs registration pathway will need to be identified.  Doctors from the UK who have MRCGP can work in Australia and will be a significant help to the Australian healthcare system.  These Drs will need to undertake work in a District Priority Area (DPA) and will need to complete a period of supervision. 

The Australian Fellowship of the RACGP is called FRACGP and stands for Fellowship of the Australian College of General Practitioner allows medical practitioners to be admitted to the medical speciality of general practice in Australia and if they have gained their fellowship and primary medical degree in Australia, these Drs are classed as unrestricted or an open provider number GP. FRACGP allows the GPs to work unsupervised in general practice, claim A1 Medicare specialist rebates.  There is no moratorium for these Drs and they are highly desirable.

Another fellowship in Australia is with the rural and remote college called ACCRM (Australian College Rural and Remote Medicine).  This is also a very desirable fellowship, and it stands for Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM).

Immigration Status

The TSS is the most popular visa for medical practitioners relocating to Australia. The TSS requires you to be sponsored and requires the AHPRA interim letter to complete this pathway. For more information on Visa’s, please visit the department of Home Affairs HERE.

The recruitment team from Health Developments Corporation will assist with the Visa application process.

Housing

Australia offers spacious homes compared to the UK and Ireland. Land and houses are often costly in the UK and Ireland because of the small nation but large population. Moving to Australia makes buying and even building your dream home all the more possible. The opportunities are endless and having your own Swimming Pool is more common than you think!

Healthcare System

Australia provides an accessible, and affordable healthcare system to all Australians. Australia has two national subsidy schemes. The schemes are Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits. Patients have access to free treatments in a public hospital and fee or subsidised in private practices through Medicare. You have to be a Australian Citizen or Permanent resident to access Medicare. Private Health Insurance and can also provide a subsidy to patients depending on their age and income.

Education

Australia provides an accessible, and affordable healthcare system to all Australians. Australia has two national subsidy schemes. The schemes are Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits. Patients have access to free treatments in a public hospital and fee or subsidised in private practices through Medicare. You have to be a Australian Citizen or Permanent resident to access Medicare. Private Health Insurance and can also provide a subsidy to patients depending on their age and income.

Australian Lifestyle

Whilst they say that nothing can compare to home, the carefree Australian lifestyle is truly unique. Australia is a diverse country filled with many wonderful cultures and communities. It won’t be hard to make friends here, as mateship is the beating heart of the Australian spirit.

Sick of the wet and cold weather? Due to Queensland being a large state the climate does vary depending on the location however you can expect brilliant weather throughout the year and the temperatures are perfect for setting your foundations.  During winter, Australia sees an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day, compared to an average of 8 hours a day in the UK and Ireland. Leave behind the groggy weather today!

Warm months, longer days and plenty of sunshine means, an outdoor lifestyle like no other. Our beautiful coastline has promoted a thriving beach culture, with Aussies always finding a reason to kick off their jandals and put their toes in the sand. If the beach isn’t your cup of tea, you can always explore the red sands of Uluru or one of our flora and fauna-rich rainforests.

Like home, Australia has a rich cultural history. Australia’s oldest languages, stories, and histories all belong the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This history heavily influences the Australian lifestyle and is present in many of our day-to-day activities.

Offering a high quality of life, pristine beaches, high pay, and much more; few other places beat Australia when looking for a new start a world away.

Many have dreamt of moving to Australia and there are plenty of British expats here already. Why not take the first step of making your dream come true today?

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