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Navigating the path

A lived experience approach to improving international medical graduate assessment experiences and performance

International medical graduates play a critical role in the health care of Australian communities and make important contributions across a range of areas including as doctors, health service leaders, researchers, teachers and supervisors of other health professionals. International medical graduates bring skills, knowledge and a diversity of experience that adds value to the communities they serve.

A icon of a world globe with text underneath that reads 31% of doctors practising in Australia did their medical training overseas.An icon of a stethoscope with text underneath that reads 56% of doctors working in general practice did their medical training overseas.

We know that many international medical graduates who are wanting to practice medicine in Australia find the process complex, at times bureaucratic, time consuming, uncertain, expensive and stressful.

A difficult pathway to practise in Australia slows the entry of needed medical practitioners. The perception of a difficult pathway leads international medical graduates to go to other countries where assessment systems, registration and migration may be perceived as less burdensome.

By working with partners and stakeholders, and listening to international medical graduates, we are moving forward with initiatives to improve assessment pathways and support for international medical graduates undertaking assessment in Australia. By doing so, we will help to build a strong and responsive medical workforce that can practice safely, including in culturally safe ways, in Australian healthcare settings.

The outcomes of our work will help to inform policy development linked to the National Medical Workforce Strategy. Many of the initiatives that we are working on have direct relevance to the Independent review of overseas health practitioner regulatory settings (the Kruk Review).

What we are doing

High impact initiatives to address barriers and support international medical graduates’ journeys

We have engaged with stakeholders and partners to identify 23 initiatives to address barriers and support international medical graduates’ journeys. The initiatives have been grouped into five themes.

Blue boxes with text inside that reads: socio-cultural support and induction; communication and coordination; international medical graduate assessments and pathways; education, training and supervision; and further research.

Recognising that the ecosystem in which international medical graduates practice is complex and involves many stakeholders, the initiatives have been categorised according to those that the AMC will lead, those that will require partnership and collaboration with other agencies, and those that the AMC can support.


A table listing the initiatives that the AMC will lead, will partner with other organisations and will support.

Lead activities are within the remit of the AMC and can be completed relatively independently within AMC budget; Partner activities are those that the AMC will seek partners and joint funding; Support activities are those that other sectors would lead and fund and the AMC would support.

  • We are prioritising those initiatives that the AMC can lead. Learn more about what we are doing about the future of the AMC clinical exam.
  • We will continue to work with external stakeholders on cross-sectorial solutions (Partner) and have begun planning.
  • We will ensure that the initiatives that have high relevance for the Kruk Review are undertaken in alignment with the final recommendations of the review.


Read more about the initiatives in the Clearing the Way report

International medical graduate experiences survey


Four young smiling men and women with text on the left that says Are you an international medical graduate? Tell Australia your story. Help improve the experiences of international medical graduates looking to practise medicine in Australia. International medical graduate experiences survey


We conducted a survey to better understand the pathways and experiences of international medical graduates who are, or have, navigated assessment pathways and entry into the Australian medical workforce. More than 4000 international medical graduates have shared their experiences with us.

We asked international medical graduates about what has helped them on their path to practising medicine in Australia, what have been some of the challenges or obstacles and what would improve their journeys.

Blue circles with text about what survey respondents said would improve their journey.

Download a broad snapshot of what international medical graduates shared with us. Note that the snapshot includes quantitative data drawn from the responses to the survey and does not represent all international medical graduates who wish to, or are practising medicine in Australia.

International Medical Graduate Experiences Survey Snapshot

Journey maps and personas

We are producing personas and journey maps that will provide a much richer understanding of the lived and diverse experiences of international medical graduates as they navigate the pathways to working as a medical practitioner in Australia.

The journey maps will provide a visual representation of the milestones, challenges, emotions and solutions needed to make positive changes.

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The personas and journey maps draw on data from the survey along with interviews and focus group sessions with international medical graduates and health services people working with international medical graduates.

This work gives voice to international medical graduates and broader stakeholders of health who have generously shared their stories, experiences and expertise with the united goal of improving international medical graduate journeys.

Advisory Group

This work is being led by a Project Advisory Group that includes a wide range of stakeholders with broad and deep experience in the assessment, supervision training, support, registration and employment of international medical graduates, and a passion for sharing their knowledge to improve the system.


  • Dr Vijay Roach, Chair
  • Associate Professor Nicole Mercer, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander member
  • Ms Christine McKeay, Ahpra
  • Ms Bernadette Thomson, Ahpra
  • Professor Cheryl Jones, AMC Committee Member
  • Professor Amanda Barnard, AMC Committee Member
  • Emeritus Professor David Prideaux, AMC Committee Member
  • Dr Rachael Coutts, AMC Committee Member
  • Dr Mandeep Kalsi, AMC Committee & International Medical Graduate member
  • Dr Ayaz Chowdhury, Australian Medical Association
  • Dr Ian Kamerman, Australian Medical Association
  • Dr Kenneth Loon, Bridging Course Provider
  • Ms Beverley Sutton, Bridging Course Provider
  • Ms Praveen Sharma,  Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Dr Susan Wearne, Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Assoc Professor Andrew Singer AM, Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Dr Kashmira De Silva, Executive staff of health services
  • Dr Hùng The Nguyen, Executive staff of health services
  • Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook, Executive staff of health services
  • Ms Christine Edwards, Health Consumer and Community Member
  • Dr Farzad Jazayeri, International medical graduate examiner and supervisor
  • Dr Aditee Parab, International medical graduate examiner and supervisor
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, International medical graduate examiner and supervisor
  • Dr Pratish George, International medical graduate member
  • Dr Aarons Rogers, International medical graduate member
  • Ms Corrine Taylor, International medical graduate recruiter
  • Assoc Professor Stephen Adelstein, Medical Board of Australia
  • Assoc Professor Jenepher Martin, Medical Education and Research Expert
  • Mr Korian Strakosch, Postgraduate Medical Education Council
  • Dr Easwaran Krishnan, Workplace Based Assessment Provider
  • Dr Ajith Thampi, Workplace Based Assessment Provider
  • Assoc Professor Jenepher Martin, Medical Education Research/Consultant Breast Surgeon
  • Dr Shyamsundar Muthuramalingam, Manager Consumer Engagement, SA Health
  • Dr Tapan Parikh, Department of Intensive Care, Monash Medical Centre
  • Ms Carol Pizzuti, Senior Research Officer, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Professor Robyn Woodward-Kron, Director of Research and Research Training, Department of
    Medical Education, The University of Melbourne
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