The Truth About IMGs Getting Internships in Australia
IMG Medical Internship for Australia
“How can an IMG get an internship in Australia? Where can a doctor apply for a medical internship?”
The struggle for IMGs to find a medical INTERNSHIP in an Australian hospital is real. Bottomline, it’s highly unlikely for IMGs to gain an “Internship” in Australia.
There’s a priority system where internships are reserved for Australian and New Zealand citizens that graduated in Australia. Basic train of thought is that Aussie graduates will get priority and if there are any spots leftover, then New Zealand graduates are next in line.
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To help you better understand the internship system, this chart from the Australian Medical Student Association illustrates the priority for the individual states:
More information regarding internship registration is available on The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency AHPRA’s website.
For new medical graduates, it’s strongly advised that you complete your medical “Internship” before embarking your journey to Australia. Continue with your current medical training while making your applications for jobs in Australia.
Even though IMGs are eligible to submit an application for an internship position when there is an advertised position from time to time. Due to the competitive nature of an accredited hospital internship, IMG competing for this rare opportunity will most likely need to have full Aussie work rights; enabling the successful applicant to start working by the intended start date. An IMG with full Aussie work rights will not require the employer to act as a sponsor for a foreign worker, allowing the IMG applicant to compete for an accredited internship position to gain Limited Registration with AHPRA.
Advertisements for internship positions will be found on the same career and health service network’s websites, such as Indeed and Seek. Applying for an internship position is similar to applying the other positions. Simply follow the steps online once you select “apply” through the portal. For more information on searching for jobs or applying for jobs, please refer to my other topics covering how to search for jobs in different states or how to make job applications to different states.
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