Dave Townsend @ Croakey: “Nation-building” health workforce planning needed

Dave Townsend @ Croakey: “Nation-building” health workforce planning needed

Australia is facing a critical shortage of doctors and nurses. To try and plug the gap we’re importing foreign trained doctors and nurses.  Meanwhile, new Australian-trained medical and nursing graduates are being prevented from completing their training resulting in an onslaught of health graduates who are unable to qualify to work in Australia. Until the State and Federal governments work together to develop a comprehensive national plan to address training shortfalls, Australia will continue to produce health graduates who cannot work in our health system.

Australia is fast running out of time to find a solution to an impending training crisis that threatens the sustainability of our entire health system. In the past, governments have shown a willingness to work together on nation-building projects like the Snowy Mountains Scheme and the highways, railways and transportation that connect our communities.

These projects forged our strong national spirit and transformed Australia from a collection of colonies to a brave and independent nation.  Now Australia needs our State and Federal governments to embrace this same spirit to find a viable long-term solution to training shortages that will impact the future health of every Australian.

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Medical Student Action on Training (MSAT) is a grassroots movement by Medical Students Australia wide who have united to raise awareness and demand political action be taken to solve the #interncrisis