interesting stats about IMG consultant/specialists in australia.

Working in medical workforce has some advantages. Not many. But a few. You don’t get many thanks. Your salary is shit. The public sees you as an entitled public servant. From time to time you have to work out how to terminate an individual’s employment. Don’t get me wrong, that can be fun – dependent on who’s about to be speared. You also have to deal with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency on a daily basis – chewing your own arm off is more fun.

But from time to time it can be fun. You meet the odd stakeholder who slips you the odd snippet of interesting information. I’m not normal though. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to statistics. I like to see my work and the people I recruit into the service to represented in graphs and percentage. Sad. So, behold! Fresh from the horses mouth that is an Australian Medical Council employee entertained over a flat white in a bland global cafe chain, are some interesting stats about international medical graduates who have sought specialist registration in Australia!

In the calendar year that was 2016, IMGs secured their specialist quals in a range of countries around the world.

  • The highest number of applications came from the UK, India and South Africa! Gday mateys!


  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) got the highest number of applications from IMGs with 292 and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACGP) with 204. They must have a shitload of money! 


  • The Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (wait, who??!!) got the lowest with three applications.


  • 86 % of IMGs from the UK and Ireland whose training and experience were assessed as ‘substantially comparable’ to an Australian trained consultant/specialist. Kudos. 


  • 78% of RACGP applications came from the UK. Are things that bad there?


  • The Royal Australian College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) received 58 applications – most from India 48%! Interesting! The Royal College of Dermatologists, College of Pathologists were the only other colleges where another country had more applications then the UK and on each occasion India provided more. Interesting! It must be the quality of cricket here.

If you’re good possums, you’ll get more stats in the future.



Picture credit:

William Iven


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