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Title: Professional career needs of GPs and registrars working in northwestern NSW
Contributor(s): Alexander, Christian (author); Fraser, John  (author)
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstract: BACKGROUND: The Australian general practice workforce increasingly comprises international medical graduates. These doctors come from a range of professional backgrounds. AIM: This project aimed to document the current education, training and support needs of the general practice workforce, including international medical graduates, who currently train and/or practise in northwestern New South Wales. METHOD: Cross sectional survey of all 66 registrars and all 149 GPs who work in this area. RESULTS: Irrespective of doctors' origin or gender, priority information needs were related to indigenous health, rural health, and key community issues. Training and pre-employment opportunities, and continuing professional development were high priority areas for all participants. DISCUSSION: Education initiatives are best targeted at identified groups but not necessarily reserved for international medical graduates only. Supporting the professional careers of doctors in a region requires the provision of integrated educational programs that focus on specific information and skills deficits, as well as requested programs.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Family Physician, 34(12 (Special issue)), p. 7-9
Publisher: Royal Australian College of Practitioners
Place of Publication: South Melbourne (VIC), Australia
ISSN: 0300-8495
Field of Research (FOR): 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
111708 Health and Community Services
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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