IMG assessment is limited in scope

Many IMGs and members of the public assume an assessment of specialist qualifications is about assessing whether IMG have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to practice in Australia.  Well it is – and it isn’t.

The assessment process is actually about ‘comparability’ of training that an IMG has undertaken. As a result, the Australian Medical Council and specialist colleges require more information and detail about internships and registrar training programs an IMG has undertaken and less about their work experience or current skills.    

Even an IMG with 15 years experience is likely to face questions like, “Did you do 60 months of specialist training?”.

But this approach positively discriminates in favour of IMGs from a small number of countries with specialist training programs similar to those in Australia. This raises several questions:

Does Australia miss out on attracting