Journal article

The migration of UK trained GPs to Australia: Does risk attitude matter?

Marjon van der Pol, Anthony Scott, Alastair Irvine

Health Policy | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Little is known about the drivers of migration of GPs. Risk attitude may play an important role as migration is fundamentally a risky decision that balances the risks of staying with the risks associated with leaving. This paper examines the association between risk attitudes and the migration of UK GPs to Australia. METHODS: GPs who qualified in the UK but work in Australia and who responded to the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) national longitudinal survey of doctors, were compared with GPs based in Scotland who responded to a survey. Risk attitudes were elicited for financial risks, career and professional risks and clinical risks on a scale from ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

No specific funding was received for this work. The Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates funds HERU. Alastair Irvine's PhD studentship was funded by the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen. This research used data from the MABEL longitudinal survey of doctors conducted by the University of Melbourne and Monash University (the MABEL research team). Funding for MABEL comes from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Health Services Research Grant: 2008-2011; 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).