Immigration changes just what the doctor ordered

15 March 2021

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麻豆视频入口 is today praising a change by the Government that will allow overseas-trained doctors to work in 麻豆视频入口 more easily.

On Saturday, Immigration 麻豆视频入口 removed the visa exemption expiry date for critical health care workers (like GPs) to get into the country. That means there are now fewer barriers to welcoming highly trained specialists into the 麻豆视频入口 GP workforce.

College President Dr Samantha Murton said, "This is a major win for our GP clinics across 麻豆视频入口 who are struggling to recruit enough doctors.

Dr Samantha Murton

"Now with greater certainty at the border, general practices can attract overseas-trained doctors - and get them here, meaning more patients seen by a doctor and releasing some of the tension on other struggling GPs.

Dr Samantha Murton

"It essentially means now that we can have a funnel of overseas-trained doctors entering 麻豆视频入口 and that鈥檚 a great thing, particularly for our underserved rural communities," she says.

About 40 percent of all 麻豆视频入口鈥檚 doctors are trained overseas. Until Saturday there was a deadline for entry into the country, which made the job of recruiting GPs more difficult because of the short time frame. These restrictions are now eased.

"Removing the expiry date provides much more certainty to employers, and to the doctors planning to move here, making 麻豆视频入口 more attractive to international health care despite the border closure," says Dr Murton.

The College has actively lobbied for this change because our members are experiencing high levels of burnout and part of the solution to that is getting trained doctors into the country to share the workload.