Courses and Training:
We get numerous requests from doctors wanting to train in Urogynaecology. While we would like to consider most requests favourably there are several limiting factors that apply particularly to overseas trained specialists (OTS). The pathway to a successful application is often convoluted and all applicants are urged to research all the links provided below.
We offer two courses that are suitable to the OTS. The 4 week and 12 week course would be most suitable for specialists to get an overview of the speciality. The 1 year Fellowship program would require a different type of registration/visa and is not discussed below. The 3 year sub-speciality Fellowship is only open to Australian Graduates or OTS’s in the training system.
The first step and often the lengthiest is the Medical Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency www.ahpra.gov.au. The type of registration would be for teaching and research but allow limited clinical work. http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/Types/Limited-Registration/Teaching-or-Research.aspx
This process can take up to 12 weeks if all documentation is in place so do allow for at least 3-4 months.
The next step is to secure a visa. Because the training involves clinical work the Department of Immigration and Citizenship may require medical examination and other clearances. Visit www.immi.gov.au and http://www.immi.gov.au/students/sponsored/otv/stream-3.htm
When these steps are complete or reaching completion this is the time to start making plans. But above all be prepared to have a realistic expectation of the outcome of the training. It will not get you an “Australian Qualification”. It will not allow you to practice in Australia or get you any credits if you apply to the RANZCOG for recognition as a specialist. Visit www.amc.org.au , www.ranzcog.edu.au and www.doctorconnect.gov.au for further information.
Lastly and perhaps most importantly is the issue of money. Living expenses in Australia are one of the highest in the developed world and one should allow for about AUD 1000/- per month for rental and personal expenses. Also there would be a training fee involved as the team would be investing considerable effort and time in training over and above their normal commitments. Whilst Pelvic Health may be able to facilitate some of the above processes it is incumbent on the potential trainee to seek appropriate clearances and make appropriate accommodation and financial arrangements before making final plans.