Application Information


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.



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; and
  • 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 description. 

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.


AON flowchart

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 expert
  • undertaking a period of post-graduate training carrying out research
  • working as a locum tenens
  • working in an emergency situation
  • working in a disaster

For more information about special purpose scopes visit the MCNZ's website.