If you clicked this link on your search engine, you’ve most likely conceived in your mind that you want to migrate to Australia and work as a doctor here. I’m sure that you have a lot of questions and doubts in your mind. I would like to assure you that you are not alone, and you’re neither the first nor the last to think about migrating overseas.
Before we begin, allow me to give you some background about myself.
I am a Malaysian.
I graduated with my basic medical degree in 2010 from a local private Malaysian university.
I completed my housemanship (internship) in 2012.
I spent a few years as a medical officer in various departments.
I passed my MRCS exams in 2015 with the intention of entering a surgical based discipline. My goal was to get into a postgraduate programme with overseas training. However, the lack of financial support from the Ministry of Health (despite them encouraging us to take the parallel pathway) made me decide otherwise.
The local master’s programme was not an option for me.
Along the way, I got married to a loving, brilliant and wonderful woman. This made me rethink my life decisions. I wanted a good work life balance, earn a decent living and save for retirement.
I still liked clinical work, but I cannot see myself working long hours operating when I’m in my 50s or 60s. I did some GP work and decided I liked the hours. I could sleep at night without being called in to see patients. I decided that I would like to specialise in Family Medicine. Looking at the economic prospects of a GP in Malaysia is bleak. You’d have to put in more than 60-70 hours a week to stay afloat unless you decide to stay in KKM. Additionally, with the current government not offering permanent posts to medical officers anymore, these doctors would flood the GP market. One may even have to work weekends to make ends meet and consultation fees will drop because everyone will try to undercut each other.
With this in mind, after a long discussion with my wife, we both decided to make a go at Australia.
It is a long journey and we are still far from reaching the finishing line.
I know there is a lot of content online out there in the internet. It can be daunting, that is why I decided to write this blog. Bear in mind, this is written from a Malaysian’s point of view. My experiences may not be the same as yours. You may have different personal or professional life goals. That is all ok.
I will help you by sharing my experiences, advising you how I prepared for the exams, the migration issues, life in Australia.
Let us begin.