AMA wants better policy and resourcing to encourage generalist medical careers

1 Apr 2019

The AMA has released an updated Position Statement on Fostering Generalism in the Medical Workforce that highlights the importance of rebuilding the generalist workforce in Australia. It recommends better training programs and career pathways, and greater recognition and support for the important work provided by generalists across the health system.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said that generalist doctors play a vital role in the health system as clinicians, teachers, and researchers in all settings, from tertiary public hospitals to remote practices.

“There has been some policy and resourcing put in place to encourage generalist medical careers, but the trend towards sub-specialisation has continued.

“Fewer medical graduates are choosing a generalist career path.

“The number of medical graduates has doubled since 2005 and we have an expanding medical workforce. This provides the perfect opportunity to address the relative shortages in generalist specialties.

“We need to introduce improved training models and pathways, better recognition and support, and appropriate remuneration for generalist doctors. 

The AMA will use the Position Statement to guide the development of the recently announced National Medical Workforce Strategy.

Read the AMA Position Statement on Fostering Generalism in the Medical Workforce here

Read the AMA media release here