Working in Australia or New Zealand


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.



Introduction to Health Insurance

Medicare in Australia

Medicare is Australia's universal health insurance scheme. It was introduced to ensure that residents have access to health care that is affordable, accessible and high quality.

Medicare is administered by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and is designed to support both the general public and medical professionals.

Medicare is funded by the commonwealth government to cover:

  • Subsidies for medications and free or subsidised treatment by medical practitioners.
  • Access to public hospitals at no cost to the patient.

Medicare covers people residing in Australia who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of permanent visas.

Visit the Department of Health and Ageing Medicare information website for more details.

Medicare Provider Numbers

IMGs working in Australia may require a Medicare Provider Number.  A Medicare Provider Number uniquely identifies the medical practitioner and the location from which a service is rendered.This number allows your patients to claim Medicare rebates for the services you provide.

A Medicare provider number identifies:

  • you and your eligibility to have Medicare benefits paid for eligible services you provide
  • the location from which you render services
  • your eligibility to refer or request services for Medicare purposes.

A Medicare provider number may allow you to:

  1. raise referrals for specialist services; and
  2. make requests for pathology or diagnostic imaging services.

If you satisfy the legislative requirements, a provider number may also be used to attract Medicare rebates for professional services rendered (to treat private patients).

Applying for a Medicare Provider Number

A Medicare Provider Number must be organised through your employer. They will be able to tell you the level of Medicare access you need.

Applications for a Medicare Provider Number can only be made after you have:

  • been offered a medical job in Australia
  • been granted a visa
  • successfully attended the registration interview
  • been granted registration
  • paid the registration fee

Application form for an initial Medicare Provider Number can be found on the Medicare website.

Please note: you need a separate Medicare Provider Number for each location at which you practise. If you work at more than one location, or if you move to a new location, you need to apply for a separate provider number for each individual practice.

Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand

All New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand are provided comprehensive, 24 hour, no fault personal injury cover by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The ability to sue for personal injury covered by the ACC is waived in return. 

ACC is governed by the Accident Compensation Act 2001.

Personal injury covered by the ACC scheme is funded through levies paid by businesses, motor vehicle owners and employees.