Recognition for International Medical Graduates

If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG) in clinical radiology or radiation oncology who wishes to practise in Australia or New Zealand, RANZCR will be involved in assessing your training and experience.

How we are involved depends on the type of assessment and the country in which you are applying. There are two main pathways to practising in Australia and New Zealand:

  • Specialist assessment: You apply to RANZCR (in Australia) or the Medical Council of New Zealand (in New Zealand). RANZCR assesses your training and experience.
  • Area of Need assessment (Australia only): You apply directly for a position in a rural or remote Australian location where there is a shortage of clinical radiologists or radiation oncologists. RANZCR assesses your training and experience.

RANZCR also assesses applications for short-term training positions for specialists or specialists-in-training who need to supplement their skills or experience in areas not available in their country.

Specialist Assessment

The purpose of specialist assessment is to determine the comparability of the training, qualifications and experience of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to Australian and New Zealand trained specialists. There are different processes for Australia and New Zealand.

Applying for specialist assessment in Australia

In Australia, you apply first to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for primary source verification (PSV) of your medical and specialist qualifications. All relevant documentation and qualifications are checked through the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC), through the Educational Commission for the Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Once you have submitted the application to the ECFMG via the AMC, you are able to apply to RANZCR for specialist recognition assessment.

RANZCR assesses the comparability of your training, qualifications and subsequent experience, including:

  • your formal training and assessment (including assessment of your exit exams)
  • your clinical experience
  • your current practice, including participation in continuing professional development and contribution to the profession.The aim of the assessment is to find out whether your training and experience are comparable to those of an Australian specialist.

More about applying in Australia.

Applying for specialist assessment in New Zealand

In New Zealand, you apply for registration to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The MCNZ takes advice from RANZCR when assessing your training and experience.

More about applying in New Zealand.

Area of Need assessment in Australia

Many locations in rural and remote Australia need clinical radiologists and radiation oncologists. If a state or territory government health department finds there is a gap in radiology or radiation oncology services that cannot be filled locally, they can declare the location an Area of Need (AoN). Area of Need positions are advertised on state and territory government health department websites and through medical employment agencies, and not through the College. If an employer selects you for an Area of Need position, RANZCR will assess your suitability. You must have at least five years of accredited training or, if less than 5 years accredited training, at least five years of clinical experience as a consultant radiologist at an accredited training site.

More about Area of Need Assessment.

Overseas trained doctors with non-specialist qualifications

In order to be recognised as a specialist in clinical radiology or radiation oncology by the College, you need to have completed five years of training in a clinical radiology/radiation oncology training position accredited by the College and pass the College's Part 1/Phase 1 and Part 2/Phase 2 clinical radiology/radiation oncology examinations.

To be accepted by RANZCR into the clinical radiology or radiation oncology training programs, there are a number of criteria that you must attain.

For more information see the Join our Professions pages for clinical radiology or radiation oncology.

Useful Websites

The following websites provide information about registration, practising medicine, and general health issues in Australia and New Zealand:

  • Medicare Australia
    For information regarding the 10 year moratorium and criteria for exemption to Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

  • Doctor Connect
    Information for doctors trained outside of Australia and for Australian medical employers.

  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
    For information regarding visa applications and living in Australia.

  • Australian Medical Council
    For information regarding the assessment pathways and primary source verification of medical and specialist qualifications.

  • Medical Board of Australia
    Information regarding registration types, registration standards, forms and fees. Links to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), who is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia and the renewal of practitioner registration.

  • Medical Board of Australia, International Medical Graduates
    Specific information regarding the pathways to registration for IMGs.

  • Department of Health
    The Department of Health has a diverse set of responsibilities, but throughout there is a common purpose, which is reflected in their Vision statement: "Better health and wellbeing for all Australians".

  • Medical Council of New Zealand
    The Medical Council registers doctors in New Zealand and carries responsibilities in the areas of standards, conduct and competence.

  • Ministry of Health, New Zealand
    The Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders.

  • Immigration New Zealand
    Immigration New Zealand is responsible for bringing the best people to New Zealand to enhance New Zealand’s social and economic outcomes.