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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Overseas-trained doctors targeted in new cultural program. 19/02/2006. ABC News Online

Overseas-trained doctors targeted in new cultural program. 19/02/2006. ABC News Online

Medical educators are attempting to break down the cultural barriers between overseas-trained doctors and their patients.

Tasmania has Australia's highest ratio of foreign-trained doctors, with 30 per cent of all public hospital doctors coming from overseas.

The state's Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) is holding a bridging course for foreign doctors this weekend to help them prepare for their registration exams.

Project manager Dr Geoff Couser says Australia is increasingly attracting doctors from regions other than the traditional recruitment bases such as the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan.

"Now we're seeing doctors coming from another range of areas such as the Middle East and also Africa and also eastern Asia, such as China," he said.

"So we're seeing a wide range of doctors coming from different systems and I think the public are starting to realise that these are doctors who are competent, who are trained and who are receiving ongoing training - just as all doctors are really."

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