The qualification of Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine is unique to Australasia. The Medical Council of New Zealand, but not the Australian Medical Council recognises the Fellowship for purposes of vocational registration in New Zealand.
International Medical Graduates(IMGs) seeking to train or work in Musculoskeletal Medicine in New Zealand are obliged to follow the process set by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). Acceptance into the New Zealand branch of the AFMM training program requires that the prospective trainee has obtained and maintained general registration from MCNZ for two years, and holds an Annual Practicing Certificate.
Those IMGs who have qualifications and experience in Musculoskeletal Medicine, and are seeking to obtain vocational registration directly, will also need to obtain general registration from MCNZ before formally applying to AFMM Board of Censors for consideration of vocational registration in Musculoskeletal Medicine.
The Board of Censors will interview and examine those applicants who believe they have had training and/or experience in musculoskeletal medicine to ascertain equivalency to the New Zealand vocational scope of Musculoskeletal Medicine. Applicants will need to provide verifiable copies of their work experience, training and qualifications. These will be cross checked with the issuing body(ies) before any further decisions are made. It may be that recommendations will be made about completing certain modules of the local training program before the Faculty can indicate to the Medical Council that the applicant is of equivalent standard. Recommendation may also be made about working under supervision or within a more limited scope of practice.
Please refer to the information for NZ Graduates for fuller details regarding applying for the Training Programme.