International medical graduates in Tasmania: Issues, and acculturation in the rural and remote context
Terry, DR and Le, Q and Woodroffe, JJ and Ogden, K, International medical graduates in Tasmania: Issues, and acculturation in the rural and remote context, Abstract Book, 16-18 May 2012, Phuket, Thailand, pp. 80-81. (2012) [Conference Extract]
An Australian wide shortage of doctors has led to an increased reliance on
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) recruitment. Under current policy mandates,
IMGs are often placed in rural and remote areas where a shortage and maldistribution
of doctors often exist. Concerns regarding immigration, appropriate support and
ongoing examination processes have been expressed by IMGs; however there is very
little insight into the integration and acculturation of IMGs as they reside in the rural
The study aims to explore the experiences and challenges of IMGs living and working
in rural and remote Tasmania, and how this informs the acculturation process. It
attempts to identify:
the barriers and enables which IMGs face as they work in Tasmanian
the acculturation process and strategies which facilitates acceptance of IMGs
by other health service providers and the community; and
strategies used by IMGs to improve community engagement and integration.
A mixed methodology will be employed in the study. Quantitative and qualitative
methods including surveys and in-depth interviews with IMGs working in rural and
remote Tasmania will be used to inform the research aims.
Based on current literature it is anticipated IMGs in rural Tasmania may be
comparable to IMGs in other Australian rural settings. For example, integration and
acculturation is likely to occur rapidly among higher educated migrants, IMGs with
Australian spouses and those who have practiced in rural settings prior to migration.
However, maintaining cultural and religious connectivity may be challenging in
Tasmania. It is also expected a community's awareness and ability to embrace an IMG
and his/her family's cultural differences will remain crucial for acculturation and the present programs, the quality of learning; and the learning effectiveness at
Graduate School of Education, Assumption University.
international medical graduates; acculturation; rural and remote; coping strategies