IMGs deserve our support and investment

This is not to be feared. As a “nation of immigrants” we have benefited from the infusion of new cultures and approaches. 

Approximately one third of our current Australian medical workforce trained overseas, and they are valued and respected by their patients and communities. 

However, many highly motivated International Medical Graduates (IMGs) struggle when entering clinical practice in Australia. In order to smooth their transition into our communities there are three domains that need to be considered: certification, recency of practice and familiarisation with the local environment.

The Australian Medical Council reviews the credentials of IMGs through a complex matrix of documentation, assessment and (increasingly) collaboration with other authorities such as medical boards and professional colleges. What may seem a straightforward process is, in fact, complex. Within a country such as China there exists a spectrum of