Medical Professionals in Australia
Going to work as a Medical Professional in Australia?
Going to work as a nurse in Australia is seen as an attractive proposition, but there are important issues to consider; not the least being the paperwork!
The notary frequently assists doctors, nurses and general medical staff with the mountain of forms required by the Australian medical authorities.
A frequent request is
I am a nurse in London currently putting together an application to Australian Nursing Board which requires notarised copies of my nursing certificates and licence – can you help?
Documents to be notarised include: –
- Passport photos
- Birth certificate
- Statutory declaration
- Nursing licence
- AMC form
- GMC certificate
- Medical degrees
General Practitioners Working in Australia
If you are a UK or Irish GP with membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners and hold a certificate of completion of training (CCT) from either PMETB or JCPTGP, then you are eligible to become a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. UK and Irish GPs are highly regarded and are graded by RACGP as category 1 doctors. A category 1 doctor needs no further training to work in Australia.
There are a number of visa options for GPs to work in Australia. A 457 Long term business visa is a very good visa for doctors who don’t intend staying permanently but require a quick and easy visa to work in Australia. A 121 Employer Sponsored Visa is a permanent residency visa which is recommended for doctors who intend staying in Australia permanently.
Both visas enable the doctor\’s family to live and work in Australia. The visa requires birth certificates and passports to be notarised.
The process of moving to Australia needs to be planned approximately 6 months ahead as it involves a number of steps.
The first step is an joint application to the Australian Medical Council and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. This involves the verification of the primary degree and specialist qualifications as well as identity checks. Once the RACGP has granted fellowship, an application needs to be made to the Medical Board of Australia. The final step is to apply to Medicare for a provider number which enables GPs to bill and prescribe.
Most documents sent to the AMC need to be notarised.
Overseas Trained Doctors and DWS
All overseas trained doctors (OTD) are subject to restrictions where in Australia they can practice. For the first 10 years GPs can only work in areas that are defined as Districts of Workforce Shortage (DWS). The implication of this is that OTD can\’t work in major cities, however there are positions on the outskirts of all cities for which an OTD would be eligible.
Generally Doctors are employed as contractors in Australia as this gives the GP an opportunity to earn in a tax efficient manner. The effective tax rate for a GP earning between $250,000 and $500,000 is between 8-15%. Austmedics.com has a specialist financial planner who will be able to advise on the most tax efficient structure. Doctors work as contractors, billing the practice for each patient seen and for any additional services such as referrals. If the practice is a bulk billing practice then the practice bills Medicare for the consultation and the patient pays nothing. If however the practice is a mixed billing practice then the patient pays the practice a higher rate than the Medicare rate and reclaims the standard fee back from Medicare. In a mixed billing practice some patients including pensioners are \’bulk billed\’.
In a mixed billing practice a GP should be able to earn between $250,000 and $300,000 for a 40 hour week. If a GP needs to earn more then there are significant opportunities to increase earnings. Austmedics.com can advise on all aspects of working in Australia.
About Austmedics: offices in London and Melbourne, Austmedics is a bespoke Medical Recruitment company specialising in Doctors from the UK and Europe seeking the best jobs in fantastic locations throughout Australia. Austmedics can advise and facilitate your successful move to Australia.
The above information is supplied in good faith by Austmedics without prejudice to MidlandsNotary.com
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