Senate recognises IMG registration difficulties

IMGs caught up in the widely publicised AHPRA registration bungling may soon be receiving letters of apology.

A recent Senate inquiry report into AHPRA’s administration of health practitioner registration has slammed the agency’s performance as a “dismal example of policy implementation and public administration”. 

The report called on the agency to send written apologies to all health professionals who experienced difficulties in the registration process over the past year. 

It also singled out IMGs as one group who had particularly encountered difficulties during the registration process, citing examples of IMG applications taking six to eight months to process. 

Sudden changes in registration requirements also saw IMGs in some states disadvantaged, and ultimately unable to be re-registered. 

Among the report’s 10 recommendations was a call for the registration of IMGs to be