Overseas specialists

shutterstock_144537566.jpgInformation in this section is for specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) who are seeking registration to practice as a psychiatrist in Australia.

SIMGs seeking registration to practice as a psychiatrist in Aotearoa New Zealand should see the New Zealand registration page.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is the principal organisation representing the medical specialty of psychiatry in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The RANZCP is responsible for training, examining and awarding the Fellowship of the College qualification to medical practitioners.

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All postal items relating to applications to join the specialist pathway must be submitted via email to simgehelp@ranzcp.org.

All SIMG candidates, including overseas specialist psychiatrists, who are considering applying for specialist assessment, should read the RANZCP policies relating to the Fellowship requirements on the Specialist Pathway:

Specialist pathway to Fellowship
An overview of the pathways to RANZCP Fellowship for SIMGs.

Applying for specialist assessment
How to apply for specialist recognition of overseas training and experience.

Substantial Comparability Placement
A specialist pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.

Partial Comparability Placement
A specialist pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.

Area of Need positions
Area of Need positions are declared in areas where there is a shortage of medical specialists.

New Zealand registration
For overseas specialists who want to live and work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Additional training, experience and exams
Information on the training experiences and exams that SIMGs may need to complete.

Forms and documents
Download specialist pathway forms and documents.

Changes and news
Read the latest changes and news for overseas specialists.


Support programs
A range of support programs are available to help SIMGs on their pathway to Fellowship.

Extensions, breaks and reviews of comparability status                                                                        Information about applying for an extension or a break in your comparability start time or Area of Need position. Also, reviews of comparability outcomes.  

Admission to Fellowship
What to do when you have completed the requirements of your pathway.

Specialist Specified Training
Specialist Specified Training (SST) is temporary workplace-based training that overseas specialists can complete in Australia to enhance their skills and expertise. SST does not lead to RANZCP Fellowship.

Assessor and supervisor training
For Fellows interested in becoming an assessor or supervisor for SIMGs.

Overseas-Trained Psychiatrists Representative Committee
Represents the interests of overseas-trained psychiatrists at the RANZCP.



For further information, please contact:

Specialist International Medical Graduate Education Team
309 La Trobe St
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel +61 (0)3 9640 0646
Fax +61 (0)3 9642 5652
Email: simgehelp@ranzcp.org

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