RACGP says IMGs need mentors

RACGP National Rural Faculty chair, Dr Kathryn Kirkpatrick told a recent hearing of the Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry that the college had run two Commonwealth-funded pilot programs to provide mentoring and assistance to IMGs.

“The evaluation of each program found that neither should exist without the other,” she said.

The first program established a peer mentor network for IMGs new to the Australian healthcare system; it was designed to “help orient IMGs to the Australian healthcare system, support