Australia’s health department today favored the imposing a ban on all trained doctors from other countries, from applying for a work visa. The visa policy updates has been made to end the shortage of locally trained medicos. A move which is likely to hit Indian doctors working in the country, which makes up a significant amount of overseas doctors in Australia.
According to the media reports senior members of Australian Medical community had asked the federal government to stop issuing workvisas to overseas trained doctors, as the skill shortage in regional areas were not being addressed by the current migration programme. Department of health which shared the same concern has now made a formal submission for the amendment of the immigration rules.
The department said that if the amendments were not made, locally trained doctors would struggle even more to find a job in the future. It has suggested 41 health roles including general practitioners, resident medical officers, surgeons and anesthetics to be removed from the skilled occupation list. A procedure that defines what occupations will be benefited by the skilled migration.
Indians became the largest source of permanent migration to Australia forming 15.7 per cent of the total migration programme in 2011-12. Australia's Indian-born population also recorded the fastest growth in the country in 2008-2009, increasing by 44,012 accounting for 17 per cent of population.
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