Physician assistants in Australia

Murray, Richard B., and O'Kane, Deborah A. (2014) Physician assistants in Australia. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA), 27 (7). pp. 9-10.

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[Extract] Physician assistants (PAs) are making inroads in Australia. Medical extension is an idea whose time has finally come. As the familiar demand-side triad of population aging, wants, and technology collides with workforce and financial constraint, change for Australia will be a necessity, not an option.

With 3.3 physicians for every 1,000 of its population, Australia actually has quite a reasonable supply of doctors. In comparison, the United States has 2.5 per 1,000, Canada 2.4, and the United Kingdom 2.8.1 The real reasons for the equally real shortages of physicians are the problems of urban concentration, the imbalance between clinical generalists and subspecialists, and tasks being performed by physicians that might be more efficiently done by others.

Item ID: 53246
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1547-1896
Keywords: physician assistant; health workforce;
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 04:50
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920207 Health Policy Evaluation @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 30%
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