ML seeks to speed GP accreditation

A NSW GP organisation soon set to become a Medicare Local is hoping resources will be made available to streamline the registration process for overseas-trained doctors.

GP Access wants to possibly link into, and learn lessons from, a successful hospital-based program that has been running at the nearby Newcastle John Hunter Hospital.

The scheme entails a workplace assessment program for overseas-trained doctors that has cut the time to get into the Australian Medical Council exam and receive accreditation from two years to six months.

GP Access workforce officer Jenny Scott said, in its new role as a Medicare Local, it would look into ways of streamlining the process in general practice.

“We do know the Hunter New England system is very resource intensive and they’ve had to rely on a lot of volunteers. They’ve shown there are better ways of doing things but it’s about having the resources to do it.