The Practice Managers’ Guide to Engaging Doctors has been developed to assist both doctors and practice managers with an understanding of the requirements for overseas trained doctors to work in Australia, and the best way to employ doctors in the practice. It contains numerous practical tips and advice and identifies the main issues connected to sourcing doctors, both locally and overseas trained. It has been identified as an area where practice managers and doctors alike have a keen interest, and a lot of important information is contained in this guide.
Australia’s demand for medical practitioners is higher than its ability to supply them, therefore many doctors who have trained overseas, have taken up the option to live and work in Australia. There are, however, a number of requirements that need to be filled, prior to being able to work as a doctor in Australia. There are numerous programs and schemes available for suitably qualified and experienced doctors, who have been trained overseas, and are eligible to be employed in Australia.
This guide will introduce these options and identify the requirements for each, allowing practices to establish whether they qualify to employ international medical graduates. It will then examine the various programs, and supply vital information and knowledge needed in order to progress with the employment of internationally trained doctors in Australia. The guide will then look at ways for employed doctors to enhance their ability to earn, giving examples of employment contracts, and showing how doctors should be invoiced by their practices for services.
Topics covered in this module include:
- Pathways for international medical graduates;
- The ten year moratorium;
- The five year scheme;
- Rural locum relief program;
- Strengthening Medicare Scheme;
- Temporary resident doctors;
- Districts of workforce shortage and areas of need;
- RRMA and ARIA information
- Management fees;
- Engagement contracts; and
- Tax invoices