Medical Board of Australia - Revised guidelines take effect from today
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Revised guidelines take effect from today

04 Jan 2016

New international medical graduate (IMG) supervision requirements come into effect today.

The Board’s Guidelines - Supervised practice for international medical graduates came into effect on 4 January 2016. They replace the Guidelines for supervised practice for limited registration.

The Guidelines apply to all IMGs with limited registration or provisional registration. All IMGs and their supervisors must follow the revised Guidelines from 4 January 2016.

The Guidelines have been reformatted and reworded to make them clearer. The key changes to supervision arrangements for IMGs are:

  • changes to the requirements for supervisors, including a new online education and assessment module for supervisors 
  • changes to the number of IMGs permitted per supervisor 
  • clearer descriptions of the four levels of supervision 
  • revised supervision arrangements for IMGs working after-hours, on-call or providing home visits and locum services 
  • a new process for appointing temporary supervisors 
  • a new audit provision - IMGs and their supervisors may be audited to check compliance with the Board’s supervision requirements.

Transitional arrangements apply for IMGs who were registered before 4 January 2016.

More information, including a copy of the Guidelines is available on the Supervision page.

Page reviewed 4/01/2016