Following the COAG decision in 2006 to establish a nationally consistent assessment of international medical graduates (IMGs), the Australian Medical Council (AMC) in their AMC Orientation Guidelines, stated that it is the responsibility of the employer to provide, or source, a suitable orientation program and that the content of the orientation program should include:
- Orientation to the Australian healthcare system
- Communication and cultural safety
- Orientation to the local jurisdiction; and its health services and facilities
- Legislation and professional practice
All hospital/practice employers are required to submit a work performance report, including the orientation report to the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) confirming that the defined orientation content has been addressed, within 3 months of registration and employment for IMGs new to practice in the Australian healthcare system.
Orientation content should include but not be limited to the following: