New central agency to vet IMG recruitment

Govt says it wants 'improved targeting' of doctors going into areas of need

The Federal Government has reportedly begun work on a new, more accurate dataset of doctor-patient ratios across Australia to allow officials to make informed decisions on applications from practices seeking to bring IMGs into the country.

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It is also finalising the details of a new, centralised health workforce agency, which would be given the final say over whether general practice vacancies should be opened to overseas-trained doctors, according to a report in The Australian.

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