IMGs to get grants ahead of fellowship

A FEDERALLY funded program set to provide 300 grants to support international medical graduates working towards their college fellowship has attracted criticism from IMG leaders.

The grants, to be administered by the RACGP and worth up to $3500 each, will be available to IMGs working in areas of need who have not commence their fellowship – a registration requirement for IMGs with limited registration – and were at risk of losing their registration this year.

RACGP president Professor Claire Jackson said the grant offers were in response to college concerns that rural workforce shortages might soon be exacerbated by a large cohort of IMGs in WA and Queensland identified as being potentially set to lose their registration this year.

“We think it has been a great victory for good sense and good collaborative work between the [Health Department], the college and [the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency],” she said.