Interestingly, Health Ministers previously agreed to reduce the use of TVDs but have increased reliance on TVDs due to problems of attracting and retaining doctors residing in Australia. The AMA is concerned that there needs to be a proper balance and initiatives put in place to attract and retain doctors from within Australia, whether locally or overseas trained. Solutions have been provided to the State Government, e.g., the Salaried Agreement, but the Labor Government have rejected these. The Labor Government’s failure to group opportunities and current attitude and approach is, unfortunately, exacerbating attraction, retention, commitment and morale problems.
Extracted from Medicus
Vol 41, No. 7 – August 2001