Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Lost in the Labyrinth: Report on the inquiry into registration processes and support for overseas trained doctors

Chair of the House of Representatives Health and Ageing Committee, Steve Georganas has tabled the long-awaited report for the inquiry into registration and support processes for international medical graduates (IMGs).

The report contains 45 recommendations to improve transparency, efficiency and accountability in the registration system for IMGs and is the result of a 14 month inquiry in which the committee heard evidence from 146 witnesses across every state and territory in Australia.

Key recommendations include:

* establishment a "one stop shop" to assist IMGs in navigating accreditation and registration processes.

* a review of the 10 year moratorium requiring IMGs to work in a District of Workforce Shortage for up to 10 years to be eligible for a Medicare Provider Number;

* an increase in the validity period for English language test results from 2 years to 4 years when applying for certain forms of medical registration;

* establishment of a central document repository for IMG paperwork to reduce duplication and administrative inefficiency

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