Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Internship and Registration for MD



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On completion of the MD, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree ensuring they have a well-rounded education as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.

Internship and Registration for MD

For registration as a medical practitioner in Australia, all graduates are required to complete a 12 month pre-registration internship in an approved hospital.  Priority for internships is given to all Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents.  The Government of Western Australia Department of Health has advised that due to an increase in Australian medical graduates it is likely that there will be no (or very limited) internship opportunities for international graduates. As per previous years, international graduates are only accommodated if sufficient intern places are available. International graduates may also undertake internships in their home country.

All internationally qualified applicants for registration, or applicants who qualified for registration in Australia but did not complete their secondary education in English, must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes.  All applicants must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7 or equivalent, and achieve the required minimum score in each component of the IELTS academic module, OET or specified alternatives.  For further information refer to the Medical Board.

Practicing Medicine in Australia

Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 applies to overseas trained doctors (OTDs) and foreign graduates of an accredited medical school (FGAMS) who gained their first medical registration or became permanent Australian residents or citizens on or after 1 January 1997. Section 19AB of the Act restricts their access to Medicare provider numbers and requires them to work in a 'district of workforce shortage' (DWS) in order to access the Medicare benefits arrangements. 

OTDs and FGAMS who are subject to section 19AB of the Act are generally required to work in a DWS for a minimum period of ten years (refererred to as the 10 year moratorium requirement) from the date of their first medical registration.

For further information, please see the Department of Health and Ageing's website.