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The Anglo-Celtic construction of national identity in Australia and the acculturation of the ‘other’ doctors


Terry, DR and Le, Q, The Anglo-Celtic construction of national identity in Australia and the acculturation of the other' doctors, International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research, 2, (4) pp. 62-76. ISSN 1839-9053 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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International Medical Graduates (IMG) remain integral to the Australian health workforce, particularly in rural areas. Stakeholders who recruit, support and acts as educators assist IMGs in their transition into and through the Australian health care setting. A study was conducted to examine IMGs and their acculturation in rural Tasmania. Twenty-three IMG stakeholders were interviewed regarding the challenges facing IMGs who live and work in rural Tasmania. Critical Discourse Analysis was used to determine if social power, dominance, and inequality are enacted and reproduced through the text and talk of stakeholders. The results indicate dominant views and practices were both intentionally and unintentionally produced within the Tasmanian health care setting. These issues were reported to be contributing to the marginalisation of IMGs in Tasmania, thus, impacting on their retention. However, the participants were positive and respectful in their vocalisation of IMGs and their contribution to the Tasmanian health system and community.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:International Medical Graduates, rural, hegemony, critical discourse analysis, national identity
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:103514
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2015-10-14
Last Modified:2016-06-16

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