Professional bodies

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
The College is responsible for setting professional standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development. It also plays an important role in supporting medical students and junior doctors considering a career in rural general practice.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
AHPRA is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia.

Australian Medical Association (AMA)
The AMA promotes and protects the professional interests of doctors and the health care needs of patients and communities.

State or Territory AMAs may help OTDs seeking employment in Australia. Contact the AMA in your State or Territory for more information.

AMA New South Wales
AMA Northern Territory
AMA Queensland
AMA South Australia
AMA Tasmania
AMA Victoria
AMA Western Australia
AMA Australian Capital Territory

Australian Medical Council (AMC)
The AMC assesses the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas qualified medical practitioners seeking registration to practice in Australia. It also assesses the case for recognition of medical specialties.


Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils
The Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils is a national body that develops monitors and evaluates postgraduate medical education.

State and Territory Postgraduate Medical Education Councils are typically concerned with the PGY1/intern year (and sometimes PGY2) accreditation of hospital training posts. Some are also very active in assisting overseas trained doctors. The level of involvement varies between States and Territories.

NSW Clinical Education and Training Institute
Northern Territory Postgraduate Medical Council
Postgraduate Medical Education Foundation of Queensland
Postgraduate Medical Council of Tasmania
Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria
Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia


Primary Health Networks

Medical Board of Australia
The role of the Medical Board of Australia is to:

    • register medical practitioners and medical students
    • develop standards, codes and guidelines for the medical profession
    • investigate notifications and complaints
    • where necessary, conduct panel hearings and refer serious matters to Tribunal hearings
    • assess International Medical Graduates who wish to practise in Australia
    • approve accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners.
Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA)
RHWA is the peak body for the Rural Workforce Agencies. RWAs’ main focus is recruitment and retention of general practitioners (family physicians) in rural and remote areas of Australia.

Northern Terrritory

Northern Territory Primary Health Network
Email: ntphn@ntphn.org.au

RWA New South Wales


New South Wales Rural Doctors Network

RWA Queensland


Health Workforce Queensland
Email: recruitment@healthworkforce.com.au

RWA Victoria


Rural Workforce Agency Victoria
Email: rwav@rwav.com.au

South Australia


Rural Doctors Workforce Agency
Telephone +61 8 8234 8277 (International) or 08 8234 8277 (in Australia)
Email: recruitment@ruraldoc.com.au

RWA Tasmania


Health Recruitment Plus Tasmania
Email: recruitment@healthrecruitmentplus.com.au

RWA Western Australia


Western Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Medicine
Telephone: +61 8 6389 4500
Email: info@ruralhealthwest.com.au

Specialist Medical Colleges


Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Royal Australasian College of Physicians (including the Paediatrics and Child Health Division)
Australasian College of Dermatologists
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)
Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, delivered by a dedicated team of professionals, the RFDS provides both 24-hour emergency services and everyday essential health care to remote communities.

Medical Recruitment agencies

The Department of Health has removed the contact details for private recruitment agencies from this site, and will only provide contact details for not-for profit agencies that are directly funded by the department.