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31 Mar 2017

AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone met with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) in Melbourne on 14 March to build on previous discussions concerning current issues facing the anaesthetist workforce. 

 The Presidents of both organisations, Professor David A Scott (ANZCA) and Associate Professor David M Scott (ASA), joined with Dr Bartone to explore ways of addressing those concerns.

 Following pressure from the three organisations, the National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) last year completed its modelling of the anaesthetic workforce.

 The report, Australia's Future Health Workforce - Anaesthesia highlighted that, while the overall supply of anaesthetists was in balance, workforce distribution is a significant problem that needs to be addressed. 

 In discussing the findings of this report, Dr Bartone raised the issue of member concerns about the employment prospects for new Fellows and their level of preparedness for private practice.

 There was strong agreement on the need for greater education about future career prospects across different specialties and further policy work to encourage doctors in training to look at working in under-supplied specialty areas and locations. 



PICTURE CAPTION:  Mr John Ilott (ANZCA CEO), Associate Professor David M Scott (President ASA), Dr Tony Bartone (AMA VP) and Professor David A Scott (President ANZCA)

Published: 31 Mar 2017