Family Medicine & General Practice jobs
General Practitioner Jobs in Australia and New Zealand
General Practice (Family Medicine) in Australia or New Zealand can be a very challenging and fascinating experience, with many options available. You will find that General Practice as a specialty here is very similar to what you might find in other first class health systems, with most GPs seeing between 30 to 40 patients per day and providing a full range of primary care services to patients.
In some practices, GPs may choose to also provide procedural services such as obstetric services, minor surgery clinics or anaesthetics services to local hospitals. There are a range of practice styles, with small private facilities, Super Clinics, larger corporate practice networks and hospital settings.
GPs in Australia generally earn their income through Medicare rebates and private out-of-pocket fees at their practice on a fee-for-service basis. Occasionally some practices may offer salaried positions where a GP is contracted to work a fixed number of hours for a fixed rate.
In New Zealand a fully comprehensive publicly funded Primary Care system operates where most GPs will either be salaried, or employed on locum contracts where they will be offered hourly rates.
In 1997, Australia introduced some restrictions on International Medical Graduates obtaining Medicare rebates in areas where there is a perceived acceptable quantity of GPs working. However, due to the enormous need for GPs in manyareas of Australia, these restrictions have had very little impact on the demand for more GPs overall. There are many approved positions available for International Medical Graduates to work as GPs in outer metropolitan urban locations, large regional cities and smaller regional towns. New Zealand has no restrictions on where GPs can work and GPs can work in any part of the country.
So what is it, apart from the amazing work-life balance and laid back lifestyle, that attracts so many GPs from all over the world?
Feedback from the hundreds of GPs that we have placed in practices around Australia and New Zealand suggests that another reason may well be the joy of being deeply involved in a community. The appreciation, status and "family" atmosphere that GPs experience here makes your work just that little bit more fulfilling. There is no better way of learning about life and society in Australia and New Zealand than by working as a community General Practitioner.
In addition to the standard GP case load, there is the opportunity to experience cases unique to Australia and New Zealand. This can include exposure to solely dedicated skin care clinics, tropical medicine, rural and remote medicine and indigenous health performed in the regional community clinics across the country.
With preferred supplier status amongst the majority of practices and GP networks in both Australia and New Zealand, you can be assured that IMR will offer you the widest choice of opportunities possible. We have a dedicated General Practice division, meaning that our Medical Recruitment Specialists can offer unmatched knowledge and advice on all areas of General Practice including:
- Family Medicine
- Obstetric Services
- Emergency Department Sessions
- Minor Surgical Operations
- Home Visits
- After Hours Services
- Skin Care Clinics
- Indigenous Health
- Tropical Medicine
- Rural and Remote Medicine
Unlike some other specialties, General Practice in Australia and New Zealand is governed by two separate colleges.
There are two Colleges within Australia that are responsible for setting and arbitrating standards for the medical specialty of General Practice – the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
The RACGP recognises the following qualifications as being fully comparable, allowing you to obtain your Fellowship Ad Eundum Gradum, deeming you to be an Australian vocationally registered General Practitioner:
||Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) + JCPTGP, PMETB or CCT
||Certificate in Family Medicine from College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) + Evidence of Canadian Qualifying Examinations Part 1 + 2 post 1992
||Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP)
||Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZGP)
||Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians
Other qualifications can be assessed on a case-by-case basis and for more information, please visit the RACGP website at http://www.racgp.org.au/img or contact us.
The following qualifications are viewed favourably by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and would allow you to practice as a GP in New Zealand:
||Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
||Fellowship or Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners plus PMETB
||Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
||Certificate of the American Board of Family Practice
|Certificate of the American Board of Family Medicine
||Specialist Certificate and Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
||Fellowship or Membership the Faculty of General Practice of the College of Medicine of South Africa
||Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of General Practitioners
In addition to the above qualifications recognised by the MCNZ, if you have worked as a General Practitioner for 33 out of the past 48 months in a country considered to possess a comparable health system to New Zealand, and held full registration in that country, then you may be eligible to apply for registration to work in New Zealand as a General Practitioner.
Alternatively, if your experience in Family Medicine does not meet the above requirements, please contact the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) for an individual assessment.
For those trainees not yet qualified, we have multiple vacancies for hospital GP Registrars and SHOs in both Australia and New Zealand.
Our highly trained recruitment specialists can offer you confidential advice on your eligibility for registration as a General Practitioner or a trainee in Australia and New Zealand. For further details or to discuss your individual requirements please contact us.