International practitioners

Whether you are coming to Australia to work or study, be it short term or permanently as either a healthcare practitioner or student, you can apply for MIPS membership. 

Even if you are in Australia to undertake a supervised observership you can still apply for MIPS membership.

When you first arrive in Australia, you must register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) before commencing healthcare practice. Initially you will be placed in a provisional category (ie awaiting registration) by AHPRA and you may have to complete an equivalency test before being considered ‘qualified’ to provide healthcare in Australia.

It is Australian law that all healthcare practitioners have medical indemnity insurance cover. MIPS provides cover for international medical graduates (IMGs), international dental graduates and international nuclear medicine technology graduates as part of membership.


Which situation describes you?

If you are an international healthcare practitioner undertaking relevant Australian qualifications but currently not qualified to practice in Australia you can apply for membership via our online Healthcare Practitioner (pre-registration activities only) form.

Once in receipt of your Australian registration, members in this category should contact MIPS so they can move to an appropriate new category. If you would like to find out the cost of membership, request a membership fee estimate. Check the Membership Benefits Handbook so you select the correct category

If you are an international student, you can apply for cover for an elective you are undertaking in Australia using our online application form.

Understanding claims-made insurance in Australia

Medical indemnity insurance in Australia is provided on a claims-made basis. This approach is different to some other countries, such as the UK where cover is generally provided on a claims-incurred basis. MIPS indemnity cover is claims-made.



What is professional indemnity insurance?

MIPS' indemnity insurance policy provides cover for any acts, errors or omissions you make in providing healthcare. This means that should there be a complaint, claim, investigation or legal action made against you, then you can notify MIPS. This includes being sued (ie litigation). Once notified MIPS may appoint legal representation. The legal defence costs and any further costs such as damages you are required to pay due to a settlement or court order are paid by MIPS provided they fall within the scope of the policy.

More information on indemnity insurance policies