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Calls for Government to stop giving visas to overseas-trained doctors to address rural shortage


Published: 11 August 2016

Eliza Borrello, ABC News, 9 August 2016
Senior members of Australia's medical community have urged the Federal Government to stop giving visas to overseas-trained doctors.

They believe that while the skills shortage in regional and remote Australia continues, the migration program intended to address it has failed.

Ewen McPhee is a GP in the central Queensland town of Emerald and president of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia.

"Is there a skills shortage and have we fixed it? Well, the answer is yes, there is a shortage, but no, we haven't fixed it," he said.

See: www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-09/calls-to-stop-giving-overseas-trained-doctors-visas/7706612

This News item also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 11 August 2016

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