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Working as a trainee in Australia: the essential steps before working out of programme

  • Ravi Sohal (a1)
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This article outlines how trainees can work in Australia without disrupting their career plan and how this can be accredited to their clinical training. In particular, the processes involved in obtaining approval for a post from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the London Deanery, and the Department of Immigration and Medical Registration in Australia are described in detail.

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1 Kisely, S, Jones, J. Working in Australia (career focus). BMJ 1999; 318: 2a.
2 Ruffer, A. A bedside account of working in Australia. BMJ Career Focus, 2002; 324: S187.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Working as a trainee in Australia: the essential steps before working out of programme

  • Ravi Sohal (a1)
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Trainee experience in Australia

Shalini Agrawal, ST2 Psychiatry
12 May 2009

I read with interest Dr Sohal’s article about the practicalities of moving to Australia for training. Like many other trainees, I sometimes did think about such a possibility myself. However, I must say that after reading this article, it has probably made up my mind for me. I am not trying! I must say that it does seem an extremely arduous process and one does admire the trainees who have managed to move to Australia. It does need some determination.

Although the practical process is very elaborately described, one does not get a sense of what trainees who have gone through this process feel about the whole process. It would have been interesting to have included some experiences from those who have managed to tackle this course. Is it really worthwhile to undertake such a task, does one get in return a training experience worth its effort?

Dr Sohal does talk about his own application and he informed the readers that he was offered a position. One does not get a sense whether Dr Sohal was able to negotiate the paper work that he describes and what his own experience was. One wonders what percentage of trainees are successful at having the experience they want ‘Down under’.

Another interesting angle would be to possibly understand what the process is for trainees wanting to come from Australia to UK. Is it equally mindboggling?
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