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International medical graduates in Tasmania: Issues, and acculturation in the rural and remote context

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posted on 2023-05-24, 11:19 authored by Terry, DR, Le, Q, Jessica WoodroffeJessica Woodroffe, Kathryn OgdenKathryn Ogden
An Australian wide shortage of doctors has led to an increased reliance on International Medical Graduates (IMGs) recruitment. Under current policy mandates, IMGs are often placed in rural and remote areas where a shortage and maldistribution of doctors often exist. Concerns regarding immigration, appropriate support and ongoing examination processes have been expressed by IMGs; however there is very little insight into the integration and acculturation of IMGs as they reside in the rural Tasmania context. The study aims to explore the experiences and challenges of IMGs living and working in rural and remote Tasmania, and how this informs the acculturation process. It attempts to identify: the barriers and enables which IMGs face as they work in Tasmanian communities; the acculturation process and strategies which facilitates acceptance of IMGs by other health service providers and the community; and strategies used by IMGs to improve community engagement and integration. A mixed methodology will be employed in the study. Quantitative and qualitative methods including surveys and in-depth interviews with IMGs working in rural and remote Tasmania will be used to inform the research aims. Based on current literature it is anticipated IMGs in rural Tasmania may be comparable to IMGs in other Australian rural settings. For example, integration and acculturation is likely to occur rapidly among higher educated migrants, IMGs with Australian spouses and those who have practiced in rural settings prior to migration. However, maintaining cultural and religious connectivity may be challenging in Tasmania. It is also expected a community's awareness and ability to embrace an IMG and his/her family's cultural differences will remain crucial for acculturation and the present programs, the quality of learning; and the learning effectiveness at Graduate School of Education, Assumption University.


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Australian Multicultural Interaction Institute

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International Conference Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World

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Phuket, Thailand

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Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified