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Medical Qualifications and Exams - Resources

AMC Examinations and Resources

The Australian Medical Council Limited (AMC) is an independent national standards body for medical education and assessment. Its purpose is to ensure that the standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession promote and protect the health of the Australian community. 

The AMC is appointed under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 as the external accreditation authority for medicine. They operate under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) working with the Medical Board of Australia and AHPRA.

International medical graduates wishing to practice medicine in Australia have various pathways to registration. The AMC manages the assessment process for the Standard Pathway. In order to obtain an AMC Certificate candidates must pass the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and the AMC Clinical Examination or Work-based assessment (WBA).

Suggested readings for the AMC Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Examination

Suggested readings for the AMC Clinical Examination

Other suggested textbooks

Copied from the AMC website 27/2/24: "There are many medical textbooks available and most of them are of high standard. They range from quite short texts, which cover essential knowledge, to long and comprehensive treatises which most people use as reference books. The AMC has drawn up the following list as a guide to some useful texts. They are not intended as prescribed reading.

AMC Examinations are set on the latest editions of the recommended textbooks. It is up to the AMC candidate to obtain the latest information. Material contained in previous editions of the recommended textbooks, or other unspecified textbooks, may not be correct and will not be used to determine the result of AMC Examinations."

Suggested textbooks: Medicine

Online resources for Medicine

Suggested textbooks: Surgery

Suggested textbooks: Children's health

Suggested textbooks: Mental health

Suggested textbooks : General Practice

Population Health


MIMS and the Australian Medicines Handbook are both available via CIAP to NSW Health staff. Login using your Staff id at 


Advice from AMC website noted 29/2/24: In addition to the major texts, journals should be read selectively, using editorials, annotations and review articles. The following journals are suggested as source material

Finding journal articles via databases

Have you tried our new CLIN Libraries website - our improved one stop shop to search across all the Libraries' and CIAP's online resources?

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You can use your StaffID to access NSW Health CIAP resources off-site. 
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