If I’m eligible for MDRAP, why can’t I get registration to work as a GP?

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If I’m eligible for MDRAP, why can’t I get registration to work as a GP?


The steps to becoming to becoming General Practitioner in Australia start with finding a job, sitting your PESCI, being assessed by AHPRA and obtaining registration, then either arranging your work visa or applying to a 3GA program such as MDRAP before applying to Medicare for a provider number. 


AHPRA is the governing body on who can have registration and who cannot, and for what type of a role. 


AHPRA are strict on who becomes a GP in Australia, as our GPs are our frontline looking after our community’s health. 


To obtain registration as a General Practitioner in Australia, under Limited AHPRA Registration Area of Need, there is a mandatory requirement to have 3 years equivalent GP experience.


“Equivalent” means an assessment has been completed, and your overseas GP experience has been given an Australian equivalent. A General Practitioner from overseas can get up to 75% of their experience assessed as equivalent, but not 100%. 


Therefore, if you cannot get AHPRA registration then you will not be eligible to move forward and apply for your visa or for your 3GA program. 


If you’re not eligible for a GP job, you can apply to work in the hospital system until you have General AHPRA Registration. 


How Can We Help?

Our team offer 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 help@peoplemedical.com.au.


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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