International medical graduates (IMGs) in cul‐de‐sacs: “lost in the labyrinth” revisited?

Neville D Yeomans, Ayaz Chowdhury and Alan Roberts
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51516
Published online: 23 May 2022

IMGs face a series of obstacles to practise in Australia, which regulatory agencies should address

In 2018, international medical graduates (IMGs) made up 31% of the medical workforce.1 Their contribution was recently acknowledged by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health:

  • 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Federation of Bangladesh Medical Societies of Australia, Sydney, NSW
  • 4 Alan Roberts International Medical Graduates Support and Advisory Services, Melbourne, VIC



We thank the de‐identified IMGs who generously contributed their oral histories for this research. Neville Yeoman’s research was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program fee‐offset scholarship, which waives fees during his PhD candidature. The funding source played no role in planning, study design, data collection, analysis or interpretation, reporting or publication of this work.

Competing interests:

Alan Roberts is principal of an organisation that runs and charges a fee for training programs to assist IMGs to pass the AMC examinations. In that role, he often hears of difficulties they encounter with the processes required after they pass the examinations.


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