Medical Board of Australia
Medical Board of Australia
 

Area of need

Changes to come into effect on 1 July 2016

The Medical Board of Australia has a revised registration standard for limited registration for area of need which comes into effect on 1 July 2016. The revised standard defines the requirements for granting this type of registration or renewing this type of registration.

Applicants submitting applications for this type of registration on or from 1 July 2016 will need to comply with the requirements of the revised registration standard. There are a few changes to requirements for registration.

The key change in the revised registration standard for limited registration for area of need is that from 1 July 2016 applicants applying for or renewing limited registration for area of need to work in general practice for the first time in Australia are required to have three years full-time equivalent experience working in general practice or primary care. This is to support public safety.

This requirement does not apply to registered medical practitioners renewing registration to continue to work in current general practice positions. The requirement applies to applicants making new applications for registration including making a new application for registration after the applicant has exhausted the number of renewals allowed under the National Law.

Applicants in the standard pathway applying for this type of registration to work in general practice are also required to undertake a pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI). Before you arrange a PESCI, see ‘When should you arrange a PESCI?’.

For more information see:

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’.

Medical practitioners with this type of registration must comply with the Medical Board of Australia’s registration standard on limited registration for area of need, which includes that they:

  • 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
  • if intending to practise medicine in Australia longer term, provide evidence to confirm the satisfactory progress towards meeting the qualifications required for general registration or specialist registration

Medical practitioners with this type of registration are in one of three pathways to registration:

  • competent authority pathway (prior to 1 July 2014)
  • standard pathway, or
  • specialist pathway

Find out more information in the registration standard for limited registration for area of need.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 12/07/2016