Health department boss admits major shortfall in GP training numbers

Australia will remain reliant on IMGs until at least half of all medical graduates start entering the specialty, says Professor Brendan Murphy

The head of the federal Department of Health has acknowledged the serious shortfalls in the number of doctors now training to be GPs.

Professor Brendan Murphy
Professor Brendan Murphy.

Speaking at the AMA conference last week, Professor Brendan Murphy said only a third of the 3700 medical graduates being produced each year were opting for the specialty.

“We really should be pushing at least half our medical