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Fostering generalism in the medical workforce - 2012

The AMA has developed a position statement on Fostering generalism in the medical workforce - 2012 which outlines the broad measures that should be in place to promote ‘generalist medical practice’ as a desirable career option for medical practitioners.

04 Dec 2012

How to use this Position Statement

The AMA position statement on Fostering generalism in the medical workforce - 2012 is a high level, principles position statement, emphasising the training aspects of generalism. This is issue is particularly relevant given the attention accorded to this area by Health Workforce Australia in its current work plan.

The AMA position statement calls for:

  1. Clearly defined training programs and pathways for generalist medical practitioners;
  2. Greater recognition and support for generalist medical practitioners;
  3. More comparable remuneration for generalist medical practitioners; and
  4. Further work to quantify and predict generalist workforce requirements and distribution as a matter of urgency.

Quality of care and patient safety must be the highest priority in any effort to reform the health workforce. Improved training models and pathways, better recognition and support for generalist medical practitioners, and appropriate remuneration will lead to improvements in safety, quality, and patient outcomes. Read more about fostering generalism in the medical workforce in the AMA Position Statement below.


Published: 04 Dec 2012