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OVERSEAS TRAINED DOCTORS TO BE LOOKED AT FOR AUSTRALIAN APPLICATIONS

Inquiry into overseas trained doctors
Doctors in a surgery

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing has adopted a reference from the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, Minister for Health and Ageing to inquire into and report on the registration processes and support available to Overseas Trained Doctors (OTD’s) in Australia.

In particular, the Committee has been asked to explore the admin. processes currently in place and determine how OTD’s and the wider community can better understand the requirements in relation to assessment processes and appeal mechanisms available to OTD’s.

The Committee has also been asked to report on the support programs available through Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and other professional organisations to assist OTD’s in meeting their registration requirements. Ways to improve these services will also be investigated & implemented where appropriate.

Finally, the Committee has been asked to suggest how impediments could be removed, and clear pathways further promoted, to assist OTD’s in achieving full Australian qualifications, particularly in regional areas, without lowering the current standards as set by professional and regulatory bodies.

Chair of the Committee, Mr Steve Georganas MP said that: “Overseas trained doctors form an integral part of Australia’s medical workforce. This inquiry will assist those overseas trained doctors, both currently in Australia and overseas, to better navigate the path to full Australian qualifications, which to date has been a long and tedious process. ”

The Committee seeks submissions from interested individuals and organisations in relation to this matter. Submissions should be received by 4 February 2011.

More information relative to the Committee’s inquiry, including Terms of Reference, details on how to lodge submissions and details of planned public hearings are now available on the Committee’s website.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

January 2nd, 2011
Topic: EDUCATION TRAINING, JOB WORK OPPORTUNITIES, MEDICAL Tags: , , , ,

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