How do I get into General Practice if I’m only eligible for hospital for my first job?

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Why would I start in the hospital system?

AHPRA are quite strict about allowing Doctors to work in the General Practice field under Limited AHPRA Registration.

For some, without GP experience or with minimal GP experience, the safer route is to start in the hospital system.


Why is it safer and why is AHPRA strict?

Working in the hospital system means you’re constantly backed up by other Doctors and Nurses working with and around you. Any mistakes can be picked up more quickly that in General Practice where you’re essentially working on your own. It is an easier and safer transition into the Australian Medical industry and once you’re established, you can move into General Practice.


How do I move into General Practice?

Once you get started in the hospital system, and complete your AMC Part 1 & Part 2, you’ll need to complete the mandatory rotations in ED (8 weeks), Medical (10 weeks) and Surgical (10 weeks). Once you’ve reached 12 months, you can apply to AHPRA to consider you for General AHPRA Registration.

Once you have General AHPRA, you can start looking for your pathway to General Practice.


Things to remember

  • To have access to Medicare, as an IMG you’ll need to work in a DWS unless you’re eligible for an exemption
  • Sponsorship for Visa now requires a Health Workforce Certificate which may require you go be in a more rural location.
  • If you have PR or Citizenship in Australia, you’ll need a 3GA program to access Medicare. These programs will primarily require you to go rural.


How Can We Help You

Our team offers General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at

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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners, and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

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