Reviewing reliance on overseas-trained doctors in rural Australia and planning for self-sufficiency: applying 10 years' MABEL evidence
Belinda O'Sullivan, Deborah J Russell, Matthew R McGrail, Anthony Scott
Human Resources for Health | BioMed Central | Published : 2019
Background The capacity for high-income countries to supply enough locally trained doctors to minimise their reliance on overseas-trained doctors (OTDs) is important for equitable global workforce distribution. However, the ability to achieve self-sufficiency of individual countries is poorly evaluated. This review draws on a decade of research evidence and applies additional stratified analyses from a unique longitudinal medical workforce research program (the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life survey (MABEL)) to explore Australia’s rural medical workforce self-sufficiency and inform rural workforce planning. Australia is a country with a strong medical education system an..View full abstract
The collection of data from the MABEL longitudinal survey of doctors was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Health Services Research Grant: 2007-2011; and Centre for Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics: 2012-2017) with additional support from the Department of Health (in 2008) and Health Workforce Australia (in 2013).