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International medical graduates in Australia: a historical perspective (1930-1950s)


Terry, DR and Woodroffe, JJ and Le, Q and Ogden, KJ, International medical graduates in Australia: a historical perspective (1930-1950s), Medical Journal of Australia, 197, (2) pp. 84-86. ISSN 1326-5377 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Medical Journal of Australia

DOI: doi:10.5694/mja11.11317


International medical graduates (IMGs) are an important part of Australia’s health workforce, accounting for about 23.5% (n = 16 186) of all doctors in Australia today.1 The recruitment and placement of IMGs in rural areas is particularly vital to the provision of health services in rural Australia, where there has been a shortage of health professionals for some time.1-6 Over one-quarter of Australia’s population are born overseas, and the arrival of refugee doctors has been observed as providing one of the "most poignant chapters of Australia’s great immigration experiment",7 yet it is not well documented. We have drawn on historical archives and media articles to outline key issues associated with the arrival of refugee doctors, highlight improvements in the IMG experience and describe the key issues that continue to influence the experience of Australian IMGs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:international medical graduates, migration, accreditation, history
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Health policy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Terry, DR (Mr Daniel Terry)
UTAS Author:Woodroffe, JJ (Dr Jessica Woodroffe)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:Ogden, KJ (Dr Kathryn Ogden)
ID Code:78666
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2012-07-17
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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