On solutions to the shortage of doctors in Australia and New Zealand

Gorman, Des F. and Brooks, Peter M. (2009) On solutions to the shortage of doctors in Australia and New Zealand. Medical Journal of Australia, 190 3: 152-156.

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Author Gorman, Des F.
Brooks, Peter M.
Title On solutions to the shortage of doctors in Australia and New Zealand
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2009-02-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 190
Issue 3
Start page 152
End page 156
Total pages 5
Editor Martin Van Der Weyden
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
Formatted abstract
• The World Health Organization estimates a current global shortage of 4.3 million health workers.
• Australia and New Zealand compare unfavourably with other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in respect to doctor numbers.
• The overall shortage of doctors in Australia and New Zealand is exaggerated by the disciplinary, cultural and demographic maldistribution of the doctors relative to need and utility.
• Australia and New Zealand are the most reliant of the OECD countries on foreign doctors.
• An increase in spending on health promotion and disease prevention is essential. However, it is unlikely that the demand for doctors will be significantly reduced by compressions of morbidity in the later years of life or that there will be a substantive increase in either the percentage of the community employed in health services or in the output from the current workforce.
• Doctor shortages are better addressed by alignment of elements of the education and health systems with each other and with patient care needs, and by innovative health provider training and employment.
Keyword Medical workforce
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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