Workplace Based Assessment

Assessment pathways to registration for IMGs to practice in Australia

Doctors whose primary medical qualifications were obtained in a country other than Australia or New Zealand are known in Australia as international medical graduates (IMGs). For any doctor to practice medicine within Australia, they must be registered with the Medical Board of Australia (the Board). IMGs seeking registration with the Board must undertake assessment of their knowledge and clinical skills via an appropriate pathway. For more information on the assessment pathways click here.

Standard Pathway

The Standard Pathway is for IMGs who do not qualify for the other assessment pathways and are seeking general registration as a medical practitioner within Australia. IMGs applying for the Standard Pathway should apply directly to the Australian Medical Council (AMC). To be eligible to apply for general registration with the Board under the Standard Pathway, IMGs must meet the Board’s registration standards listed here, which include: ........ Read More

About the workplace based assessment (WBA) program in WA

The WBA program in Western Australia (WA) is 12 months in duration. Through assessment in the everyday workplace, the WBA program assesses an IMGs clinical skills and knowledge at the level expected of an Australian medical graduate at the end of postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) or internship level across the six different clinical areas of adult medicine, adult surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology (women’s health), paediatrics (child health) and psychiatry (mental health). The WBA is an assessment program, not a bridging or a training course.   ...Read More

Where can I undertake a WBA?

In Western Australia, the accredited provider for the WBA program is the WA Country Health Service (WACHS). Sites providing accredited WBA programs in WA are Bunbury Hospital, Geraldton Hospital and Kalgoorlie Health Campus. You can find other accredited WBA programs throughout Australia by clicking here.

How do I apply for the WBA program in Western Australia?

  1. Apply to the AMC to undertake the Standard Pathway and successfully complete the AMC CAT MCQ Exam
  2. Apply for a job opportunity which is (a minimum of) 12 months at Bunbury Hospital, Geraldton Hospital or Kalgoorlie Health Campus through WACHS Medical Vacancies or MedJobsWA and express in your cover letter that you are interested in the WBA program
  3. Secure an employment contract for (a minimum of) 12 months at Bunbury Hospital, Geraldton Hospital or Kalgoorlie Health Campus
  4. Discuss with the hospital WBA Administrative Officer your interest in the WBA program and your requirement to demonstrate the Board’s Intern Outcome Statements and Guidelines for Terms for general registration
  5. If you wish to progress with your WBA program application, provide a copy of your signed employment contract to the WBA Administrative Officer
  6. The WBA Administrative Officer will contact the State WBA Program Manager to progress your WBA program application

Note that selection to WBA program after you have secured employment is very competitive and is not guaranteed. Furthermore, minimum and maximum candidate numbers apply to run the WBA program at each hospital within a calendar year.

What is the cost?

Candidates undertake paid employment at as part of the WBA program.  A fee of $12,500 per candidate is paid to the WA Country Health Service for providing the WBA program. This can be paid in instalments. These fees are utilised by the hospital for program-related expenses associated with the management of the program, delivery of training workshops for supervisors and assessors, assessor fees and governance of the program. Candidates are also required to pay an administration fee directly to the AMC. If you are accepted onto the WBA program, you will be contacted to pay the appropriate fees.

More information?

If you would like further information about the WBA program in WA please contact us

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