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Study Aged Care Nursing Health Medicine in Australia


Following is general information about education, training, study and accreditation for international and Australian health and medical personnel.  For more information about job outlook, careers, employment and professional development please visit  Aged Care Health Medicine and Community Services in Australia.


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If you are interested in studying health, aged care, nursing, medicine and related from vocational through to university or medical school please contact Andrew Smith at AIEC direct for guidance.  Further, Hungary is also a choice for medical studies with opportunities for employment and immigration to non European Economic Area EEA students to live and work in the EU European Union.


Requirements for practice

Doctors who wish to practise in Australia must first be registered with the Medical Board in the State or Territory where they intend to practise.

After the visa is granted, doctors must apply to Medicare Australia for a Medicare Provider Number if they will be working in general practice or will be prescribing drugs.



Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provides graduates of the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practise the profession.

In developing standards, accreditation authorities take account of relevant national and international standards and codes and consult stakeholders. Each accreditation authority publishes on its website the approved accreditation for the profession and information about any reviews of the standards and opportunities for stakeholder input to those reviews.


National Board approval of programs of study

When a program of study has been accredited, a national board considers whether it will approve, or refuse to approve, the accredited program of study. Only graduates of approved programs are eligible to apply for registration. A searchable list of approved programs of study is available on this website.


Nursing Education

Prior to the transfer of nursing education to the university sector, nurses were trained in a course of instruction in hospital nursing schools that awarded a certificate in general nursing.

These courses were generally for a three-year period, and nurses were paid employees of the parent hospital. 

Hospitals awarded distinctive badges upon graduation. In addition, state registering authorities awarded a badge of registration. These were generally worn on the uniform collars.


Types of Nurses

In all states other than Victoria, nurses fall into the following major categories:


  • Nurse practitioner (NP)

  • Registered nurse (RN)

  • Enrolled nurse (EN)


Registration as a registered nurse now requires a Bachelor of Nursing, considered the foundation for any future specialization within nursing. Postgraduate diplomas provide further vocational training for specialist areas. Masters level courses are available in both research and course work streams; a specialist course has been developed to provide preparation for registration as a nurse practitioner. Professional doctorates are also available.


Medical Education

Medical education in Australia is concerned with both the basic training of medical practitioners and with the post-graduate training of medical specialists.

Various models of medical education exist in Australia. Undergraduate-entry program typically last 5–6 years, and permit entry from secondary school matriculation. Applicants are usually assessed by a combination of high school leaving certificate performance, UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) score and interview. Graduate medical programs typically last 4 years, and require the entrant to have attained a previous bachelor degree qualification at a certain level of achievement in addition to aptitude tests and interviews. The most common selection test used is the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test). 



All States and Territories require medical graduates to successfully complete at least one year of supervised practice, generally known as an internship. Internship is undertaken in hospital, general practice and community training positions accredited for this purpose. Interns in Australia are required to complete compulsory rotations in Emergency Medicine, General Medicine and General Surgery, with the remaining internship time spent in non compulsory rotations across a diverse range of medical disciplines. The advent of the National Standard for General Registration, due to take effect on 1 January 2014 will see this training structure of compulsory and non compulsory rotations consistent across Australia.



Upon successful conclusion of the intern year, doctors qualify for full registration in the Medical Board of their State or Territory, and are licensed to engage in independent medical practice. However, because Provider Numbers are not issued to doctors who have not completed postgraduate studies, nearly all doctors continue their training as Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) in hospitals, which typically lasts two years.




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