XML Feed for RxPG News   Add RxPG News Headlines to My Yahoo!   Javascript Syndication for RxPG News

Research Health World General
 
  Home
 
 Latest Research
 Cancer
 Psychiatry
 Genetics
 Surgery
 Aging
 Ophthalmology
 Gynaecology
 Neurosciences
 Pharmacology
 Cardiology
 Obstetrics
 Infectious Diseases
 Respiratory Medicine
 Pathology
 Endocrinology
 Immunology
 Nephrology
 Gastroenterology
 Biotechnology
 Radiology
 Dermatology
 Microbiology
 Haematology
 Dental
 ENT
 Environment
 Embryology
 Orthopedics
 Metabolism
 Anaethesia
 Paediatrics
 Public Health
 Urology
 Musculoskeletal
 Clinical Trials
 Physiology
 Biochemistry
 Cytology
 Traumatology
 Rheumatology
 
 Medical News
 Health
 Opinion
 Healthcare
 Professionals
 Launch
 Awards & Prizes
 
 Careers
 Medical
  United States
  United Kingdom
  India
  ECFMG
  Australia
 Nursing
 Dental
 
 Special Topics
 Euthanasia
 Ethics
 Evolution
 Odd Medical News
 Feature
 
 World News
 Tsunami
 Epidemics
 Climate
 Business
Search

Last Updated: Aug 19th, 2006 - 22:18:38

Australia Channel
subscribe to Australia newsletter

Careers : Medical : Australia

   DISCUSS   |   EMAIL   |   PRINT
Birrell Report Reflects AMA Recommendations on OTD Assessment
Sep 29, 2005, 21:10, Reviewed by: Dr.

“While the Birrell report provides welcome support for the AMA position, it also highlights the slowness of the response from the Federal and State governments”

 
AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said today the AMA welcomes the latest report by Professor Bob Birrell, Director of the Centre for Population and Urban Research, into overseas trained doctors (OTDs) as an honest and intelligent appraisal of existing OTD assessment processes in Australia.

Dr Haikerwal said the report – The Aftermath of Dr Death: Has Anything Changed? – co-authored by President of the Australian Doctors Trained Overseas Association, Dr Andrew Schwartz, confirms there are no common standards or common assessment mechanisms in place.

“The report highlights the degree to which health departments have avoided having OTDs assessed by specialist medical colleges by employing them as hospital medical officers rather than specialists,” Dr Haikerwal said.

“It shows that State health departments have tolerated the lack of a suitable assessment process because they can get OTDs to work at lower rates than qualified Australian trained practitioners.

“This highlights the unfair situation faced by OTDs who complain about wages or training. As the report says – ‘their very right to remain in Australia is dependent on not making waves with their employer’.

“There has been little or no progress in developing proper standards for OTD assessment. The Federal Government essentially sees it as a State responsibility, while the States are reluctant to tackle the issue due to a fear that the OTD workforce will dry up.

“The report puts a spotlight on the impact of Dr Patel, otherwise known in the media as Doctor Death. It points out that OTDs are unfairly targeted by a suspicious public and many OTDs are reluctant to work in regional areas due to lack of professional support and social support.

“The AMA agrees with Professor Birrell’s assessment that there is a need for consistent and rigorous assessment processes, supervision, access to bridging courses, and financial support for OTDs.

“We have been calling for improved processes for some time - including better assessment processes involving medical colleges, ongoing support and supervision and education.

“While the Birrell report provides welcome support for the AMA position, it also highlights the slowness of the response from the Federal and State governments,” Dr Haikerwal said.

Dr Haikerwal said the AMA’s Rural Reference Group had called for improved OTD assessment and support at its most recent meeting.
 

- Australian Medical Association
 

www.ama.com.au

 
Subscribe to Australia Newsletter
E-mail Address:

 



Related Australia News

AMA Sets Out Strategy To Get More Doctors Working in Rural and Regional Australia
Birrell Report Reflects AMA Recommendations on OTD Assessment
States Must Increase Advanced Surgical Training (AST) Places
Stop Passing the Buck on Surgical Training


For any corrections of factual information, to contact the editors or to send any medical news or health news press releases, use feedback form

Top of Page

 

© Copyright 2004 onwards by RxPG Medical Solutions Private Limited
Contact Us