Specialist international medical graduates

If you trained as a specialist anaesthetist (anaesthesiologist) or specialist pain medicine physician overseas, we offer a number of pathways for you to practice in Australia or New Zealand.

Use the self assessment tool to identify which option(s) may be available to you.

Self assessment tool


We strongly recommend that you contact the Department of Home Affairs (in Australia) or the Department of Immigration (in New Zealand) before applying for any of our SIMG streams.

SIMG assessment process

Our SIMG assessment process evaluates the ability of a specialist to practise as an unsupervised specialist anaesthetist and/or pain medicine specialist at a standard comparable to that required of a fellow of ANZCA (FANZCA) or fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA).

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Short-term training pathway

Applicants who wish to enter a short-term specialist anaesthetic training or pain training (STT) position in Australia must be assessed for the purpose of medical registration. This pathway does not lead to fellowship.

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Area of Need pathway

The Area of Need (AoN) process applies to Australia only and is used to address medical workforce shortages in designated areas. It doesn't directly lead to fellowship or specialist registration by the Medical Board of Australia.

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Last updated 09:08 30.06.2020