IMGs form an essential part of the medical workforce in Australia, in roles meeting areas of workforce shortage. All hospitals experience turnover of junior medical staff throughout the year, which creates the opportunity to employ a small number of IMGs, at unpredictable intervals.

Western Health recognizes the valuable contribution made by these doctors, and provides support to adapt to the challenges of practising in a new country, health system, culture and language.

IMG applicants are carefully interviewed for work-readiness, and supported through orientation, shadowing, supervision, and targeted group teaching including procedural and simulation training. A high level of peer support comes from the existing group of 12-15 IMGs already working at Western Health.

As IMGs can only be employed to fill unexpected vacancies, there is no formal application process.

For those interested in applying to Western Health, please send an email and CV to the Medical Workforce Unit, to be considered when vacancies may arise.

To be eligible for work, you must have your:

  • AMC Part 1 (and Part 2, if possible)
  • Valid English Language Test documented result within the last 24 months
  • Recency of Practice of less than 3 years

You must have practised as a doctor for at least two years overseas, and have the legal right to work in Australia.

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Working at Western Health as an IMG has been a great experience. I have been very impressed by the level of support available. My time here has allowed me to develop my skills by working in a challenging, yet supportive environment.

Dr Salah Hamed