Clinical activity of overseas-trained doctors practising in general practice in Australia

Australian Healthcare Association
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Australian Health Review, 2007, 31 (3), pp. 440 - 448
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Introduction: Medical workforce shortages in Australia have led to increasing reliance on overseas- trained doctors (OTDs) to work in general practice in areas of need, particularly in rural areas. These OTDs do not have Australian postgraduate training in general practice, and we know little about how they practise. Objective: To determine differences in practice style between a self-selected group of overseastrained general practitioners undertaking the Alternative Pathways Program and GPs who are Fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), and whether such differences can be explained by other practitioner, practice and patient characteristics. Method: A self-selected sample of 89 OTDs from the Alternative Pathways Program were compared with FRACGPs in a continuous national study of GP activity (n = 1032). Each GP provided details about themselves and their practice and recorded data about patients, morbidity and treatments for 100 encounters. Results: OTDs were younger, less experienced, worked more sessions per week, in smaller practices.
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