No change expected in IMG moratorium

Introduced to address workforce shortages in regional areas, the moratorium has been the subject of an ongoing parliamentary inquiry, after doctor groups complained it was discriminatory and did not address the issue in the long term. The inquiry is set to report next year.

In a written statement to MO, Ms Roxon said she did not want to pre-empt the inquiry’s recommendations but indicated she was not likely to change the moratorium.

“[IMGs have] proven to be a very effective way of improving workforce shortages in the areas of greatest need, which tend to be located in rural and regional Australia and the government has no current plans to change this,” the statement said.

Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) president Dr Paul Mara said foreign-trained GPs were a major part of the rural workforce but said keeping a system that relied on them was unfair, unsustainable and “immoral”. 

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