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Medical workforce planning: let’s keep it current

Deborah A Askew, Naomi R Hansar and Marie-Louise B Dick
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (2): 72-73.
Published online: 20 July 2009

National medical workforce registration could provide an ideal opportunity for better collection of useful workforce data

The well recognised global shortage of doctors1 reinforces the need for effective medical workforce planning. Simplistically, medical workforce planning aims to ensure an adequate supply of doctors with the appropriate skills to meet the current and projected future medical care needs of the population.2 This requires accurate information about the current medical workforce,3 but Australia lacks comprehensive, timely, nationally consistent and longitudinally linked data.3,4

  • Deborah A Askew1
  • Naomi R Hansar2
  • Marie-Louise B Dick3

  • Discipline of General Practice, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

Correspondence: d.askew@uq.edu.au

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