Navigating the Medical Board of Australia’s (MBA) website as an International Medical Graduate (IMG) can sometimes be confusing and stressful. So to help this process, we’ve put together a list of the top five MBA webpages we recommend IMGs visit first when seeking information about registration is Australia.
1. Registration Types
The first webpage we recommend IMGs visit, is the Registration Types page. This page doesn’t have an excess of information on it, but it shows the clear list of each registration type available for IMGs. Each type of registration links to individual pages with some basic information about that particular registration, which is a good starting point before looking at the next page we recommend, the IMG General Information page.
2. IMG General Information
This page goes into detail about who each type of registration is suited for, as well as links to detailed pages outlining the eligibility requirements, application process and helpful resources specific to each type of registration.
There’s also a handy self-check flow chart for IMGs to use, to help determine which registration type is best suited for you.
3. Obligations on Medical Practitioners
This is an important page all IMGs should become familiar with as it goes into detail about important requirements and standards IMGs need to adhere to.These range from proof of identity, to english language requirements and recency of practice standards. There are also downloadable resources available for each requirement.
The Forms page on the MBA website contains all the necessary downloadable forms for each registration type as well as a link to online application. Even if IMGs have some time before they are ready to submit their application, we recommend reading over the forms well ahead of time, so that you know exactly what signatures, proof of identity etc you need to have ready when the time comes.
Knowing what fees each registration type will incur when applying with the MBA, before applying will ensure that you’re not caught out with coming up with the necessary payment when you are ready to register. This page lists out the fees associated with each registration type, as well as the fees for replacement registration certificates, late renewals etc.
If you’re seeking support for gaining General of Specialist Registration in Australia, you can review the range of registrar training programs offered by the METC Institute via the information and links below.
The METC Institute can assist with all of your AMC exam preparation, such as the AMC CAT MCQ exam or the AMC Clinical Exam. The METC Institute can also assist you in securing your 12 month supervised practice position. Through this link, you can scroll through the range of individual preparation courses and programs, as well as view the comprehensive IMG Registrar Training Program that prepares doctors for both exams and provides a 12 month, paid supervised placement in one of our Australian partner organisations.
We also offer a Specialist Recognition Registrar Training Program that allows IMGs pursuing the General Practice Specialist Pathway a structured, formalised program to attain specialist registration in Australia as a specialist General Practitioner through Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). This program is available for IMGs who are already experienced General Practitioners with a valid Comparability Assessment from the RACGP with ‘Substantially Comparable’ or ‘Partially Comparable’ ratings.
In addition, our General Practice Experience Pathway Registrar Training Program which also offers a structured, formalised program, to allow international General Practitioners a training pathway to attaining specialist registration in Australia as a specialist General Practitioner through Fellowship of the RACGP. This program provides vocational training in AGPAL (Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited) or QPA (Quality Practice Accreditation) accredited General Practice positions, combined with formal teaching to prepare registrars for the RACGP Fellowship Exams. Registrars completing both programs receive a competitive salary from employment in an accredited General Practice.