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The Specialist Pathway is for Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) interested in working permanently as a specialist surgeon in Australia. There are two streams:

Specialist Recognition: overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of an Australian-trained specialist.
Area of Need (AoN): overseas-trained specialists applying to fill a specialist-level vacancy classified as an “Area of Need” by the Australian government.
An SIMG wishing to practice as a specialist surgeon in Australia requires an individualised assessment of comparability to an Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand trained surgeon in the same field of specialty practice. This is known as Specialist Assessment (for the Specialist Recognition stream) or Area of Need Assessment (for the Area of Need stream).

Eligible SIMGs can apply for a Specialist and/or Area of Need Assessment in any one of RACS’ nine surgical specialties listed below:
Cardiothoracic Surgery
General Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Paediatric Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Vascular Surgery