Step 2: Apply for a Comparability Assessment


Specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) who are seeking to enter the Specialist Recognition Program (SRP) must complete the ‘Comparability assessment’ to be assessed for comparability to an Australian-trained specialist general medical practitioner. 

Comparability is the extent to which an SIMG’s recency, continuity of practice, continual professional development, assessment, training, qualifications and clinical experience are assessed as equivalent to an Australian-trained specialist general practitioner at the point of attaining Fellowship.


Comparability assessment criteria

 
 

Recency of practice Recency of practice

All applicants must have completed 12 months of full-time equivalent (FTE) general practice in the last 36 months and at least four weeks of FTE general practice in the 12 months prior to applying for comparability. Find out more

Continuity of practice Continuity of practice

All applicants must explain any gaps in clinical practice longer than three months.  Find out more

CPD CPD

All applicants must provide evidence of the completion of 50 hours CPD in the last 12 months and completion of a clinical audit in the
last 36 months.  Find out more

Assessment type Assessment type

All applicants must have completed a summative assessment comprising both theoretical and practical components equivalent to those utilised within the RACGP examinations. Find out more

Training route Training route

All applicants must have a specialist general practice qualification and provide evidence of the training route completed. 
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Curriculum Curriculum

All applicants must have completed their training with an organisation whose curriculum is similar to that of the RACGP.
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Comparability outcome


On completion of the comparability assessment, applicants will be categorised as ‘Substantially comparable’, ‘Partially comparable’ or ‘Not comparable’. Applicants categorised as ‘Substantially comparable’ or ‘Partially comparable’ are eligible for entry to the Specialist Recognition Program.

Applicants have been assessed as suitable to undertake the intended scope of practice, taking full responsibility for all patients, with limited oversight of their practice by a supervisor (peer review)

Applicants are awarded Fellowship ad eundem gradum (FAEG) when all program entry requirements have been met as detailed in the Specialist Recognition Program Substantially Comparable Entry Policy

RACGP Fellowship is not awarded until post-FAEG requirements have been met as detailed in the Specialist Recognition Program Substantially Comparable Post-Fellowship Requirements

Applicants have been assessed as suitable to undertake a defined scope of practice in a supervised capacity and reach comparability within 24 months of FTE practice.

Applicants will be awarded Fellowship when all program requirements have been met as detailed in the Specialist Recognition Program Partially Comparable Entry Policy and Specialist Recognition Program Partially Comparable Requirements for Fellowship

Applicants do not meet the requirements of the SRP comparability or who are assessed as unable to reach comparability within 24 months of FTE practice.
Applicants may be able to complete the RACGP Fellowship assessment requirements via the General Practice Experience Pathway

 

To request a comparability assessment, please email pathways@racgp.org.au and provide your name, your specialist qualification and your RACGP ID.
 
The RACGP’s A Guide to Completing the Specialist Recognition Program Comparability Assessment will help you with completing your application. Please read the information before submitting your application to ensure that you have included all required evidence and documentation. Incomplete applications will cause delays in processing your application.