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Staff are very efficient in making sure paperwork was done properly and in a timely manner. I am very happy with the service and would recommend IMR/LocumBank to my colleagues - Dr Wu
All help and support from IMR was amazing and made the difficult process of moving from overseas almost simple - Dr McDonald, GP
Impressive, consistent, knowledgeable, and unflinching in their moral support. I've never known a recruitment agency to take so much care and detail, and show such commitment to prospective clients - Dr Suriya, Psychiatrist
They went out of their way in helping me fill the mountain of forms and liaise with people, and are still helping me now. I am indebted - Dr Suriya, Psychiatrist
Your services have been excellent and I have had minimal difficulties in getting to where I have wanted. Your staff are extremely friendly and reliable - Dr Rai, House Officer
IMR have great knowledge and experience in medical recruitment with a high standard of services, along with excellent communication skills and professionalism - Dr Murali, GP
We have successfully recruited a number of high quality medical staff through IMR and have always found their service to be highly professional, efficient, and effective, with timely responses to our enquiries - C Byrne, Mental Health Services
We have found IMR to be very helpful, prompt and easy to contact - K Balcombe, Medical Staffing Unit
IMR have shown a high level of professionalism in dealing with a multi-staged process, and guided me with great efficiency and a deep sense of timing - Dr Bangash, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
I would not have been here (in New Zealand) without IMR's constant help and guidance - Dr Sadani, Transfusion Medicine Specialist
I was particularly impressed by the high level of service given to me. I received regular emails and phone calls providing me with updates and information on the next steps throughout the process - Dr O'Luanaigh, Psychiatrist
From the outset, IMR gave me a timeline for how long the process would take, and they were 100% accurate on that. This made planning for the move that much easier - Dr O'Luanaigh, Psychiatrist
IMR's communication is of a high standard and they are able to respond to candidates' concerns in a clear, professional manner - K Kempthorne, Radiology Dept
I would recommend IMR to other Recruitment Advisors as a good source of doctors, and a trustworthy company to work with - N Copson, Recruitment Advisor
We find IMR to be very professional and always exceptionally quick in responding to emails and phone calls - J O'Neill, Health Service CEO
I found IMR very knowledgeable in all aspects concerned with recruiting physicians, particularly the issues that are specific to practice in a foreign country - Dr Fennell, Anaesthetist
IMR's efficiency and professional manner of conduct is truly commendable - Dr Kumar, Radiologist
Thank you again for all your help and support, and for making our Australian experience possible - Dr Gubbay, House Officer
I have already referred three other doctors to IMR, who are now also in the process of moving down under, and I will continue to refer more - Dr Gubbay, House Officer

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
  • Anaesthetics
  • 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:

UK Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) + JCPTGP, PMETB or CCT
Canada Certificate in Family Medicine from College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) + Evidence of Canadian Qualifying Examinations Part 1 + 2 post 1992
Ireland Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP)
NZ Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZGP)
Singapore 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 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:

Australia Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
UK Fellowship or Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners plus PMETB
Ireland Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
USA Certificate of the American Board of Family Practice
Certificate of the American Board of Family Medicine
Canada Specialist Certificate and Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
South Africa Fellowship or Membership the Faculty of General Practice of the College of Medicine of South Africa
Hong Kong 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.