Medical doctors and specialists

There are over to 130,000 medical doctors and specialists in Australia. Find out about their work, what we’re doing to increase their numbers in rural and remote areas, and how we support this critical part of our health workforce.

About doctors and specialists

What doctors and specialists are and how they access Medicare.

What we do

How we support doctors and specialists, including international practitioners.

Doctors and specialists in Australia

Facts and figures about doctors and specialists, and how to work as one.

Education and support

How to become qualified, find a job and get support.

National Medical Workforce Strategy

The National Medical Workforce Strategy guides long-term medical workforce planning across Australia. This 10-year strategy will improve access to health care by supporting the right people to have the right skills, where we need them most.

Read about the strategy



Pre-Fellowship Program (PFP) Guidelines

These guidelines provide information to potential participant doctors and practices and support Rural Workforce Agencies (RWAs) to administer the program.

Bonded Medical Program – Opt in request form

Participants in the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme and Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme can use this form to let us know they are interested in opting in to the Bonded Medical Program.

Bonded medical schemes – Example statutory declaration

This document shows an example of a completed Commonwealth statutory declaration form. Participants in our bonded medical schemes can use this example to help them fill in a statutory declaration about their return of service obligations.