Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students' and doctors' career intentions

Dana R-M L Slape and Angela E Carberry
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00788
Published online: 17 November 2014

To the Editor: In the past 30 years, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical workforce has rapidly expanded. However, proportionally, there is still underrepresentation of Indigenous people in all areas of medicine.1 General practice has remained successful in attracting Indigenous people to undertake fellowships,1 but there are many specialties that have yet to see an Indigenous trainee or fellow.

  • Dana R-M L Slape1,2
  • Angela E Carberry2

  • 1 Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Medical Schools Outcomes Database and Longitudinal Tracking Project, Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, NSW.



This letter is based on research that used data provided by the MSOD project, Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand. We thank the medical schools, medical students, graduates and doctors who participated. The MSOD project was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia (2011–2014) and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2004–2011).

Competing interests:

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