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The Historic to Contemporary Challenges among International Medical Graduates Seeking to Practise in Australia (2021)


Recruitment of International medical graduates (IMGs) continues to be central to health workforce planning in Australia with the highest number of IMGs per capita globally. Australia's effort to increase IMG numbers is due to shortages and poor distribution of health workforce caused in the 1990s, however there is a need to consider the historical contexts that have embedded IMG recruitment and movement. Using primary and secondary sources of data, this paper examines history to help understand the circumstances and issues surrounding IMGs in contemporary Australia as it grapples with meeting the ever-growing demand for IMGs, particularly in rural areas where the greatest health disadvantage occurs. The analysis reveals that despite Australia's reliance on IMGs, as a group they encounter ongoing stigma, anti-competitive behaviour, public debate, and embargos.

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Authors & Contributors
Mody, Fallon
Rios, Victor, Jr.
Wright, David
Cordukes, Mary Colleen
Mullally, Sasha
Marchildon, Gregory P.
Health and History
Medical History
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
History of Psychiatry
University of Chicago Press
Harvard University
University of Wisconsin Press
Oxford University Press
Interventions Inc
The MIT Press
Physicians; doctors
Health care
Labor and laborers
Emigration; immigration
Public health
Samora, Julian
Hill, Patrick
Jim Yong Kim
Farmer, Paul
Don Berwick
United States
Great Britain
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
National Health Service (Great Britain)
Harvard School of Public Health

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