Limited registration for area of need
Medical practitioners with limited registration for area of need are working under supervision in an area of Australia where there is a shortage of medical practitioners. They are usually registered to practise in a rural or remote location.
These practitioners have been assessed as having the necessary skills, training and experience to undertake this practice safely. The state or territory Minister for Health (or their delegate) must declare that the area in which the applicant will work is an ’area of need’.
The requirements for this type of registration are defined in the Medical Board of Australia’s registration standard for limited registration for area of need. The requirements include:
- evidence of eligibility for registration via one of the following assessment pathways:
- standard pathway
- specialist pathway – area of need.
- if you are applying for registration to work in a general practice position, evidence of three years (full-time equivalent) experience in general practice or primary care
- if you are applying via the standard pathway to work in a general practice position, successful completion of a pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI). Before you arrange a PESCI, see ‘When should I arrange a PESCI?’.
The registration standard for limited registration for area of need also requires medical practitioners with this type of registration to:
- comply with a supervision plan
- comply with a professional development plan
- authorise and facilitate the provision of regular reports from their supervisors about their safety and competence to practise
- perform satisfactorily in the area of need position
- provide evidence confirming satisfactory progress towards meeting the requirements required for general registration or specialist registration. Medical practitioners are exempt from this requirement if they will not apply for more than three renewals of registration.
Assessment of experience in general practice or primary care
Applicants applying for registration to work in general practice must provide evidence of three years (full-time equivalent) experience working in general practice or primary care. The Board will assess an applicant’s experience as part of their application for registration. If you have had your experience formally assessed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for another reason, you will not require further assessment of your experience by the Board. However, you must provide with your application for registration, evidence from the college that confirms you have three years (full-time equivalent) experience working in general practice or primary care.
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