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I know getting an internship will be difficult and getting into a training college program afterwards is impossible unless you are a citizen or if you have PR. (Except some few programs). That means I would have to apply for a visa as an RMO (assuming I get an internship and successfully complete it). But RMO is currently limited to certain visas and i don't fully understand their requirements.
I have researched data of the last 4-5 years, there have been internships offered to 350-400 a year out of 500-550 int'l graduates. If you can manage try to get a Med offer in Victoria or WA since these states rank int'l graduates from their med schools higher than Aus graduates from schools in other states, to give you a little better chance.
As for PR/visa after internship, I haven't looked into the process but I don't think it's a problem. We have not heard of any junior doctors being forced to leave Australia due to visa issues. Good luck with your studies.
what would happen if you can't find work in a workforce shortage area?
I believe you can continue working in a hospital job with a salary so a Medicare provider number is not needed?
If you train to become GP I don't know if your service can be charged under the supervising GP's Medicare provider number. If that is possible then once you get your GP registration you can run your own practice in a workforce shortage area.
Provider numbers are required to refer patients to other doctors and for tests including imaging. They are also used in hospitals for billing of services provided by specialists.
Off topic question: If an international student misses out on the intership the year they graduate in, are they still eligible for internship for next year? Thanks!I hope these numbers help explain why it's rather absolute.
First have a look at the second half of this link > National Internship Crisis | Australian Medical Students’ Association
internships in Aus are allocated more or less in this order of priority:
1) Aus (citizen/PR) grads in the state
2) Aus grads of interstate med schools
3) Int'l grads in the state
4) Int'l grads of interstate med schools
5) Grads of overseas med schools
(in Vic & WA (2) and (3) are swapped around but that's irrelevant here).
Recent years there have been around 3450 internships per year; which go to 2950 CSP/BMP grads + 200 Aus full-fee grads first, leaving ~300 spots for the 500 int'l grads to compete for. There's nothing left afterwards for priority (5).
Adding to Chinaski's reply, first have a good read of this report to see the application process for an Aus internshipI recently passed the AMC MCQ CAT exam and am currently awaiting for a date for the Clinical assessment. I have found it very hard to find information on the process for an IMG who is an Australian citizen