IMGs may be forced to return

University of Wollongong pro vice-chancellor of health Professor Don Iverson accused federal and state authorities of failing to keep up with demand for training positions for graduates of Australian medical schools, despite a shortage of doctors in rural and remote areas.

With IMGs likely to remain in high demand to ease workforce shortages in rural Australia, Professor Iverson said more needed to be done to encourage local and international students who are trained in Australia to work in regional, rural and remote areas.

“In many cases these locally trained doctors are discriminated against [compared with their Australian-born peers] in internship opportunities and subsequent opportunities to enter into general practice or speciality training,” Professor Iverson said.

“These students could make a significant contribution towards the resolution of the medical workforce problem, and there would be no concern regarding their ability