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Common interests, social ties and the development of social capital


Terry, D and Terry, M, Common interests, social ties and the development of social capital, The Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society, (35) pp. 105-113. ISSN 1327-774X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Community connectivity, cross cultural adaptation, social capital, social networks, social ties
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Other language, communication and culture
Research Field:Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Terry, D (Mr Daniel Terry)
UTAS Author:Terry, M (Mrs Melissa Terry)
ID Code:80351
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2012-10-30
Last Modified:2017-08-25
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