Re-entry to general practice

Last updated 16 January 2024

Returning to work

There are many GPs who take time away from practice for various reasons. This might be a planned absence (extended holiday, study leave, to pursue an alternative career) or unplanned absence (illness, disability, suspension/deregistration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). 

GPs who want to return to work must address the regulatory requirements of the Medical Board of Australia (the Medical Board). These requirements rest on the following standards:

  • continuing professional development
  • recency of practice
  • professional indemnity
  • fitness to practise.

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