Ok so now you’ve sit for your AMC exams and want to find job in Australia
Passing AMC does not mean you get a job automatically
You will still need to go hunting for one
*Unlike when I got a job from KKM, the interview was just a formality – JPA gave permanent posts back in 2010*
Where do you apply?
Now it depends on whether you just passed your MCQ or both the MCQ and CE.
You can still apply for work with just passing MCQ. But do try to pass your CE ASAP it will make a difference.
I will be writing this based on my experience
I passed the MCQ in late 2017. I failed my first attempt CE in April 2018 but was offered a retest.
I was advised by a senior of mine to try to apply for a job first, learn how the system worked and sit for my exam at a later time.
I passed my retest in 2019 and got my certificate, and applied for general registration.
A few websites were recommended to me, the one I liked was
You can also go to each state and see if any vacancies are advertised there
The job titles are different in each state
Intern – obviously you cannot apply for this
Resident Medical Officer (RMO) – Junior house officer (JHO) or senior house officer (SHO)
Principal House Officer (PHO) – like a registrar but not in training programme.
Registrar – for those in training programmes
Clinical specialist/Consultants/Senior medical officer – this one not really important in our discussion
For your purpose – if you are going through the Standard Pathway – look for the RMO openings
Preparing your CV
Your CV is important
Don’t anyhow write stuff
There is a format for this
You need to follow this format otherwise they will not entertain you
Get more information
My experience is unique to me. Yours will be too. Although there will be a lot of similarities, we will encounter things differently.
So ask around if you personally know any colleagues who have migrated from Malaysia after completing housemanship. Dig their brains. They will be happy to help you out.
Know the working hours, environment, type of people you will be treating
Learn where they are short of staff and need people to fill in vacancies
I myself had amazing advice from my friends who migrated here earlier than I have.
This advice is extremely valuable
Most importantly, once you’ve made it, don’t be selfish with knowledge. Help them as you have received help yourself.
Where to apply to
Australia still has shortages in rural and regional areas
Read up on the Monash Modified Model (MMM)
it’s a way they identify areas which are urban, regional or rural
i.e. Brisbane would be MMM 1 – urban. Hervey Bay MMM2 – regional, Biggenden MMM 5 – rural
Kesimpulanya – the higher the MMM score the more ulu
Where you pick would depend on your preferences of lifestyle.
I would advise to try the regional and rural areas. Better quality of life. Easier when you apply for PR too.
Ok you scored an interview – Hurrah!
Prepare for it now
There are tonnes of websites that help you prepare for the interview
I recommend this one above
Seeing that you’re overseas, they will do a phone/skype interview.
Again, I would suggest you take leave for the interview
You need to be in a calmed and collected place
Make sure your laptop and microphone is working if its skype
Or if they call your mobile – charge it!
Be mindful of the time difference. Can be 1 hour can be 3 hours. Always confirm the time!
Practice speaking proper English. It will help during the interview. Speak calmly, take your time answering the questions. Show them your best self but don’t go overboard ok.
Aside from the usual job interview questions, like why do you wanna work here, what are your goals etc, they will ask you a clinical question to see how you’d respond to the situation
And they will ask you a situational judgment test. i.e. if you find your colleague drunk at work what would you do?
So prepare for all of this. Google is always there
They will notify you of the results in a few days and you can decide if you want to take the job. I would advise to apply to many places and see which one responds to you. I applied for almost a dozen before getting a reply
All the best and have a positive mindset!