International medical graduates

The Faculty of Pain Medicine's international medical graduate specialist (IMGS) assessment process evaluates the ability of a specialist to practice as an unsupervised pain medicine physician at a standard comparable to that required of a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA). FPM's International Medical Graduate Specialist Committee co-ordinates the assessment guided by by-law 16.


Applications for assessment of specialist qualifications in Australia must be made directly to FPM and applications for medical registration must be made to the Medical Board of Australia (MBA).   All applications in New Zealand must be made to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).


It is possible to work in Australia on a limited basis prior to undertaking the full IMGS assessment process by securing a job in a designated Area of Need (AoN).  State health departments declare areas of need and FPM assesses qualifications and experience for a particular job in an Area of Need position. The process applies to Australia only and is used to address medical workforce shortages in designated areas. The Area of Need process does not lead to fellowship of FPM or specialist registration by the Medical Board of Australia.


Information on the IMGS and Area of Need pathways can also be found in by-law 16 and the frequently asked questions section.


If you are dissatisfied with a decision made by the International Medical Graduate Specialist Committee you may request the decision be reconsidered. All reconsideration requests are processed as per ANZCA regulation 30.


For further information about the IMGS assessment process please email
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