As a response to the significant shortage of skilled medical staff in Australia, there has been a large increase in the recruitment of International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Tasmania is more reliant upon IMGs than any other state or territory, with up to 40% of the workforce being composed of IMGs. Many of these overseas-trained doctors experience challenges adjusting to Australian Healthcare system and Australian culture.
PMCT provides significant support to IMGs working in Tasmanian public hospitals. This support includes orientation to the Australian Healthcare system, linkages to bodies such as the Migrant Resource Centre, dedicated teaching for IMGs in the hospitals and occasional courses to improve both clinical and communication skills.