AGPT registrar training handbook

Training program requirements

Overseas doctors

        1. Overseas doctors

Overseas doctors

What is the 10 year moratorium?

Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cwlth) restricts access to Medicare benefits and requires these doctors to work in a distribution priority area (for general practitioners [GPs]) or a district of workforce shortage (for specialists) for at least 10 years in order to access Medicare rebates. The Act restricts access to Medicare benefits for a minimum period of 10 years (‘10-year moratorium’) unless you work in a rural or remote location (distribution priority area).

Who does the 10 year moratorium apply to?

The 10-year moratorium applies to doctors who either obtained their primary medical qualification overseas (International Medical Graduates [IMG]) or obtained their primary medical qualification in Australia or New Zealand and were not a permanent resident or Australian or New Zealand citizen at the time they enrolled in their degree (foreign graduates of an accredited medical school [FGAMS]). If you are an AGPT registrar who falls into this category, it means you must train with the rural stream in non-metropolitan areas (MMM 2–7).

Advertising