With a slight delay, the Visas for GPs Initiative requiring Health workforce certificates, has come into effect on 11 March 2019.
Trying to avoid an alleged oversupply of 7,000 medical practitioners by 2030, the Department of Health has introduced new measures to manage the growth of overseas trained doctors (OTDs) entering the country. The government states that the alleged oversupply mainly affects well serviced major capital cities and metropolitan areas, rather than rural and remote areas where GPs are in greater need.
You will need to work at a practice that is in a approved location (that can receive a health workforce certificate). If you are planning to work in a regional or rural area there shouldn’t be any problems, but if you want to work in a metropolitan area near one of the major cities it may be difficult.
As the program has just started on 11 March 2019, they are still processing the initial applications for health work force certificates, and probably will be for the next 5-10 days. After that we should have a relatively clear idea about what metropolitan areas will be suitable, and will share this with GPs listed on our database.
While it has become harder for OTDs to be accepted in Australian metropolitan areas, we encourage you to get in touch with us to explore all your options.
Our view is that there are still many metropolitan areas which are not affected by an oversupply of GPs. In fact, in some areas it has become harder than ever to find a GP
Even if the government introduces measures with a broad brush right now, we are sure that they may eventually have to classify many metro locations as suitable for OTDs again.
We will follow the development closely as usual and give you an update as soon as new information becomes available.
Please contact us for further advice.
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