Many doctors who have completed their primary training and education overseas are drawn to the relaxed lifestyle, exceptional working conditions, brilliant weather and diverse culture offered by Australia.
Gaining employment with House Call Doctor – One of Australia’s leading medical deputising services – is one of the most attractive opportunities available to eligible International Medical Graduates seeking to live and work in the country.
Read on to learn more about:
- Australia’s Relationship with International Medical Graduates
- Practising Medicine in Australia
- Why International Medical Graduates Prefer House Call Doctor
- What House Call Doctor Requires of International Medical Graduates
- How to Register Your Interest
Australia’s Relationship with International Medical Graduates
Due to many factors – including the nation’s large physical area – there have been workforce shortages for some specialities in some regions for decades.
Without IMGs – who now make up 40% of the medical workforce in rural and remote areas – Australia would not be able to sustain the high level of healthcare it currently enjoys.
IMGs who work for House Call Doctor not only help reduce Australia’s doctor shortage, but by providing out-of-hours services they also take pressure off of the nation’s Emergency Departments and related services.
Practising Medicine in Australia
Although Australia is a marvellous place to live and work, IMGs face a unique set of challenges when seeking employment. Without support, transitioning into the Australian medical workforce can be particularly difficult for IMGs.
Across Australia, locally-trained doctors are given preference over IMGs, and in larger cities where the competition for placements is particularly tough, IMGs may find difficulty securing a placement.
IMGs in all areas of Australia must also deal with situations that can be very unfamiliar in terms of culture, religion and language.
At House Call Doctor, we seek to reduce these challenges by providing IMGs the opportunity to work in a range of physical locations, including both rural and urban communities, and giving our doctors a unique and rewarding experience not offered by other medical service providers.
Why IMGs Prefer Working with House Call Doctor
When IMGs work with House Call Doctor, they have the opportunity to work in a range of areas including:
- Gold Coast
- Sunshine Coast
- Hervey Bay
- Wide Bay
One-on-One Time with Your Chaperone
Spending shifts with your chaperone can provide a wonderful opportunity to regularly learn about the more complex facets of Australian culture (including individuality, equality, directness, colloquialisms and sense of humour) and help ease your transition into the community.
Access to Clinical Governance
IMGs who move to rural or remote areas for jobs often find working as a GP or specialist in these environments to be quite challenging. There is less supervision/oversight than in major cities, and IMGs frequently must rely on their own experience when in areas where other medical specialists may be hundreds of kilometres away.
In contrast to the largely self-governed nature of rural GP or specialist work, at House Call Doctor we strive to provide exceptional clinical governance. You will have access to our Medical Director, Assistant Medical Director and other senior Medical Practitioners whom you can rely on to provide leadership and guidance, and to set the standard of care.
Fair Working Environment & Attractive Remuneration
After paying tens of thousands of dollars in immigration and visa costs, student loans, and various registrations, applications and courses, many IMGs are understandably in need of a decent, regular income.
House Call Doctors earn a percentage of each of their call out billings, and there is plenty of hours on offer.
This means that you’ll get remuneration and working conditions that are on par with Australian-trained medical professionals, allowing you to enjoy a well-balanced work and private life.
What House Call Doctor Requires of International Medical Graduates
In order to maintain the high standard of medical care provided by our medical deputising service, House Call Doctor has a range of professional requirements that IMGs must meet.
Regardless of who they intend to work for, IMGs must have their overseas medical qualifications verified before they will be permitted to register to practice in Australia.
To learn more about the medical qualification verification process, you can visit the EPIC Frequently Asked Questions for Physicians page.
Advance Life Support Course
Our doctors must also have completed a current Advanced Life Support course. ALS courses are designed to provide medical professionals who must work in critical care areas/medical emergencies with the skills and knowledge required to effectively manage cardiopulmonary arrest using the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines.
ALS courses are available from a range of accredited providers, including hospitals and colleges. They usually take 1 – 2 days to complete and include both practical and theory elements.
Australian Business Number
As a doctor working for our medical deputising service, you’ll need to register an Australian Business Number (ABN) with the Australian Business Register (ABR).
It is free to register an ABN. To learn more about what ABNs are and how to apply for registration, go to the Australian Business Register website.
In order for your application to work with House Call Doctor to be successful, you must meet professional experience requirements that are equivalent to Australian standards, including:
- Two years of post-graduate work that includes experience in:
- Accident and emergency medicine
Visa & Citizenship Requirements
House Call Doctor hires IMGs with:
- Temporary residency
- Permanent residency
- Australian citizenship
House Call Doctor can also provide 457 visa sponsorship, although this is done on a case-by-case basis.
International Medical Graduates Register Your Interest Now
If you are an IMG who is considering joining the House Call Doctor medical deputising service team, get in touch with us today.
We can assist you in evaluating your eligibility, as well as answer any queries about what a medical deputising service is and what our doctor’s jobs involve.
For any enquiries, or to register your interest, please contact:
Medical Services Executive