Area of Need Pathway overview
An Area of Need (AoN) refers to a hospital position that has
been classified by the Australian government as an "Area of Need"
when a hospital has been unable to fill a vacancy through the
Australian workforce. In this situation, the hospital is given
permission to recruit overseas trained doctors.
As an IMG you may apply directly to RACS for an Area of
Need assessment after you have:
- secured an offer of employment in the designated AoN position;
- applied directly to Educational Commission for Foreign Medcial
Graduate's (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International
Credentials (EPIC) for verification of both
primary and specialist qualification(s); and
- completed an Australian Medical Council (AMC) online
application to establish an AMC portfolio.
An Area of Need assessment process is similar to the specialist
assessment with the added requirement that RACS will assess the
suitability for the Area of Need position according to the position
If you are assessed as partially or substantially comparable but
the AoN position is deemed not suitable, you could still pursue a
specialist pathway but you would be required to find another
position suitable for clinical assessment purposes.
New Zealand Special Purpose Pathway Overview
The Special Purpose Pathway is for International Medical
Graduates (IMGs) who intend working in New Zealand for a fixed
period of time for a specific purpose. The Medical Council of New
Zealand's (MCNZ) special purpose scopes of practice are for:
- teaching as a visiting
- undertaking a period of
post-graduate training carrying out research
- working as a locum
- working in an emergency
- working in a
For more information about
special purpose scopes visit the MCNZ's website.