As a general rule, UK GPs with MRCGP and Irish GPs with MICGP, both by examination, will have their qualifications recognised by the Australian college for GPs (RACGP) and will be eligible for full specialist registration to work as a GP in Australia.
The RACGP has recently made some changes which affect the way UK and Irish GPs are regarded. We give you a brief overview here:
- There are four stages in the process to being recognised, registered and ready to work in Australia, the most time consuming and crucial of which is your application for fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
- In September the RACGP changed its overseas recognition pathway to the new Specialist Recognition Program (SRP)
- This new program differs very little from the previous process but, conversely, may offer UK and Irish GPs greater opportunities to shine down under.
- Those who hold any of the following qualifications will be substantially comparable and be granted Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
- Those who hold other qualifications, such as the Certificate of the Joint Committee in Postgraduate Training for General Practice, may be assessed as partially comparable, in which case you may need to complete a 6 month period of supervision and work on a lower rate of pay before being granted fellowship.
- For recognition you will need to make sure you have copies of your primary degree, specialist degree and CCT.
- We at Alecto will assist you through the whole registration process to ensure you can take up your job in Australia in a timely manner. Our registration guru, Megan, will work with you every step of the way, and if there are complications, will talk with the various bodies on your behalf to make the process smoother.
With years of experience under our belt, and good relationships with the various authorities involved in the whole process, we at Alecto believe there probably isn’t much we cannot solve one way or another! We will happily have an initial discussion with you about your options and your circumstances, and advise a way forward.
Please do call, send us a message, or complete the form above and one or our team will get in touch.