'Recipe for burnout': Moratorium for IMGs here to stay

THE health department says it will not abandon the 10-year moratorium on Medicare provider numbers for IMGs which the AMA says is unfair on overseas-trained doctors and risky for patients.

The AMA says the current policy puts IMGs in isolated areas with limited preparation and professional support, which poses risks to patient safety and encourages the development of a transient medical workforce in rural and remote Australia.

“If the government genuinely wants rural and remote Australians to have access to a highly skilled and sustainable medical workforce, then