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Can a new breed of “coaches” help transform mental health care?

Can a new breed of “coaches” help transform mental health care?

Jennifer Doggett reports on an innovation in mental health care profiled at the Health Workforce Australia Conference 2013 in Adelaide  When your health workforce is already working at capacity, how do you address the un-met need for care among those with early-stage disease without depleting the services available to people with serious illnesses? Creating a completely new […]

Rural health conference puts the spotlight on Indigenous health – and the value of physician assistants

Rural health conference puts the spotlight on Indigenous health – and the value of physician assistants

Indigenous health issues featured prominently at the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide yesterday. In the articles below, Marge Overs reports on the role of physician assistants in improving Aboriginal healthcare, and Kay Coppa, community and public health director at Miwatj Corporation Aboriginal Health in Nhulunbuy, reports on two presentations that she found particularly noteworthy. *** […]

Health Workforce Australia report gives the nod to physician assistants

Health Workforce Australia report gives the nod to physician assistants

Health Workforce Australia today released a report strongly supporting the potential of physician assistants (PAs) to contribute to health care, especially in rural, remote and regional areas. It says there is demand for PAs in rural and remote general practice; the private, non-government and community sectors; Aboriginal medical services; and defence. Rural and remote doctors […]

Physician assistants win support of rural/remote doctors – and a report from the coalface

Physician assistants win support of rural/remote doctors – and a report from the coalface

Regular readers will know of Croakey’s interest in the potential for physician assistants (PAs) to help improve access to health care in rural, remote and other under-served areas. The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) recently endorsed a policy statement giving strong support to the potential of PAs “to extend the reach of […]

Physician assistants: an update on the policy, politics and state-of-play

Physician assistants: an update on the policy, politics and state-of-play

Earlier this year, Croakey ran a series of articles examining the potential for physician assistants to extend the capacity of health services in under-served areas, particularly rural and remote Australia. In the article below, Sharon Barnwell and Allan Forde provide an update – and a reminder that if you know someone who might be a […]

Reaction to University of Queensland’s closure of physician assistant program: what a shame for rural health

Reaction to University of Queensland’s closure of physician assistant program: what a shame for rural health

Below is some reaction to the University of Queensland’s decision, announced yesterday, to close its physician assistant (PA) program. It comes from two prominent proponents of PAs. Update: more reaction is being added at bottom of post as it lands… Rural communities have been sold out, again By Dr Dennis  Pashen, Adjunct Professor at the […]

University of Queensland to drop its physician assistant program

University of Queensland to drop its physician assistant program

The University of Queensland has announced it is dropping its pioneering physician assistant (PA) program. You can read the official reasons in the media release. No doubt there is also a back story (which I don’t have time to research more fully just now). Professor David Wilkinson, Dean and Head of the School of Medicine, […]

Another point of view on physician assistants

Another point of view on physician assistants

Croakey has recently run a series of articles on physician assistants (PAs) which was largely positive about their potential to add to the capacity of Australian health services, especially in rural, remote and other under-served areas. Readers were asked to speak up if they had concerns about PAs or wanted to address any issues raised […]

Australia needs physician assistants. So why aren’t we getting them?

Australia needs physician assistants. So why aren’t we getting them?

As you may have noticed, Croakey has recently been running a series of articles examining the potential of physician assistants to improve access to health care, particularly in rural and remote areas. These articles have been positive about the role of PAs. But we know that a number of groups are on the record opposing […]

So, what are the arguments against physician assistants?

So, what are the arguments against physician assistants?

Lieutenant Ben Stock, OAM, has been a medic in the Royal Australian Navy for 23 years. When he graduates from the University of Queensland in a few months, he is set to become the first Australian-trained physician assistant in the RAN. While he is guaranteed of a job, many of his UQ classmates are not. […]