Extending the medical workforce debate: let’s talk about self-sufficiency

Dev A Kevat and Shanti Raman
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11847
Published online: 19 August 2013

To the Editor: Until recently, Australian medical workforce planning has seemed a rather ad-hoc affair. We have self-induced an undersupply of doctors (having actually reduced student numbers in the mid 1990s,1 taken a decade to increase production, and now have crashed into entirely foreseeable undersupply of intern placements). The establishment of Health Workforce Australia has promulgated some much needed detailed, future-focused planning, although the fragmented data landscape has clearly proved challenging.2-4

  • Dev A Kevat1,2
  • Shanti Raman3

  • 1 School of Public Health, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns, QLD.
  • 3 Community Paediatrics, Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health Districts, NSW Health, Sydney, NSW.


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