Careers

IMGs

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are an essential part of the Australian medical workforce.

Western Health recognizes the valuable contribution made by IMG doctors, and provides support in the transition to practising in a new country, health care system, culture and even language.

IMGs are employed to areas where we have a workforce shortage. All hospitals experience turnover of junior medical staff throughout the year, which creates the opportunity to employ IMGs (as well as influencing what jobs are actually available).

For more general information for IMGs, please see www.doctorconnect.gov.au.

 

IMG SUPPORT AT WESTERN HEALTH

IMG applicants are carefully interviewed for work-readiness, and supported through orientation, shadowing, supervision, and targeted group teaching.

The existing IMGs working at Western Health are also great at making you feel welcome.

IMGs at Western Health are supported by a dedicated Supervisor of IMGs, and dedicated Medical Education Officer.

Opportunities exist for IMGs to apply to work at Western Health as Hospital Medical Officers (HMOs) from the following two groups: Competent Authority Pathway, and Standard Pathway.

 

UK, IRISH AND OTHER IMGs ON THE COMPETENT AUTHORITY PATHWAY

You can apply at any time, for any of the surgical, medical, or general stream roles at PGY2+ level. Our main intakes are in August and February each year, so interviews are conducted well in advance of this, to allow plenty of time for confirming appointments and your travel and registration.

To be eligible for subsequent General Registration with AHPRA, IMGs on the Competent Authority Pathway need to work for 12 months in a supervised position at a teaching hospital.

 

IMGs ON THE STANDARD PATHWAY

You can send an expression of interest at any time, with your cover letter and CV attached. You would be employed in a PGY2 position initially.

To be eligible to apply, you must have:

  • 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
  • Two years of overseas practice
  • Legal rights to work in Australia

Previous employment as a doctor in the Australian medical system is highly desirable.

Please note we have very limited opportunities for Standard Pathway IMGs who have not been previously employed as a doctor in Australia.

To be eligible for subsequent General Registration with AHPRA, IMGs on the Standard Pathway need to work for at least 12 months in a hospital position, and experience rotations in medical, surgical and emergency department roles. You also need to pass your AMC Clinical Exam.

 

APPLYING TO WORK AT WESTERN HEALTH AS AN IMG

Please check our Emercury careers page in the first instance and search for “Hospital Medical Officers” to see if there are any currently advertised vacancies.

For those interested in applying to Western Health at other times, please email our Medical Workforce Unit with a single email as follows:

Email title:

– IMG HMO job application, your name

Please state clearly in the body of your email:

– Areas of career interest and rotations of interest

– Current hospital and country you are employed in

– AHPRA Status: IMG eligible for competent authority, or standard pathway

– Available start date and preferred duration of contract (6, 9, 12 or 18 months)

Required attachments:

(all required for your application to be considered):

– Cover letter

– Resume

– Two consultant references completed on the standard reference form

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

BPT2