Introducing physician assistants into new roles: international experiences

Laurent A Frossard, Genevieve Liebich, Roderick S Hooker, Peter M Brooks and Lynn Robinson
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01583.x
Published online: 18 February 2008

The 35th Annual Physician Assistant Conference held in the United States in May 2007 provided an opportunity for Australia to learn from the experience of other countries

The 35th Annual Physician Assistant Conference of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), held in Philadelphia in May 2007, was attended by almost 8000 delegates, including physician assistants (PAs), students, academics and policymakers. The conference aimed to promote professional development of PAs, develop ideas and provide education. It also featured an international forum focusing on global developments in PA-related activities. We report here on two countries that have recently introduced PAs, to identify opportunities for improving Australia’s transition into implementing the PA role.

  • 1 University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Rheumatology Research, Department of Veterans Affairs, Dallas, Tex, USA.



Funding for all authors to attend the AAPA conference was provided by the University of Queensland. We would like to express our appreciation to Professor Niki Ellis (Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health), Tom Ashman (Physician Assistants Foundation of Canada), Colonel John Chitwood (United States Air Force), Captain James Jones (US Army Medical Department and Interservice PA Program, Fort Sam Houston) and Dr Joshua Tepper (Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Ontario) for their valuable contributions to a report authored by Captain Genevieve Liebich13 that provided the background for this article.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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