Risks of complaints and adverse disciplinary findings against international medical graduates in Victoria and Western Australia

David M Studdert, Matthew J Spittal and Katie Elkin
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11624
Published online: 18 March 2013

In reply: Nguyen and Nguyen question our finding that international medical graduates (IMGs) are at higher risk of attracting complaints than Australian-trained doctors (ATDs),1 based on recalculations using the descriptive statistics we reported. They infer, from the fact that IMGs accounted for 37% of doctors and 30% of total complaints, that IMGs were at lower risk of complaints.

  • David M Studdert1,2
  • Matthew J Spittal1
  • Katie Elkin1,2

  • 1 Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


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