Chance of re­cov­ery

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board and the de­mand is ex­pected to con­tinue for years.

‘‘There’s cer­tainly in­creas­ing de­mand for gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers but there al­ways is con­tin­u­ing de­mand for other spe­cial­ists in gen­eral medicine and psy­chi­a­try and anaes­the­sia,’’ he says.

‘‘While we have in­creased the num­ber of doc­tors be­ing trained in Aus­tralia . . . by the year 2014, there prob­a­bly will be a short­age of lo­cally trained doc­tors.’’

He says med­i­cal work­ers can pur­sue re­search, be in­volved with pa­tients or have roles that use their tech­ni­cal skills.

Dr Laven­der says a grad­u­a­teen­try med­i­cal pro­gram of­fered at Flin­ders Univer­sity as well as post­grad­u­ate study op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Univer­sity of Ade­laide al­low stu­dents who ob­tained a bach­e­lor de­gree in an­other area to un­der­take fur­ther study to be­come a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional.

Flin­ders Univer­sity of­fers a post­grad­u­ate en­try to its Bach­e­lor of Medicine and Bach­e­lor of Surgery dou­ble de­gree course for work­ers with an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree who sit for the Grad­u­ate Aus­tralian Med­i­cal Schools Ad­mis­sion Test.

The Univer­sity of Ade­laide has an ex­ten­sive post­grad­u­ate re­search pro­gram cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of health sci­ences.

‘‘It’s good to have a va­ri­ety of back­grounds and have a pe­riod of time work­ing in an­other ca­reer and bring ex­pe­ri­ence to that,’’ Dr Laven­der says. ‘‘They still need to have good grades but they can achieve that in the form of work­ing in an­other area.’’

Dr Laven­der says the hard work of study, which can take at least four years to achieve, is worth it be­cause medicine pro­vides a re­ward­ing ca­reer in a va­ri­ety of work en­vi­ron­ments.

He says doc­tors also fin­ish their stud­ies with strong con­nec­tions with other grad­u­ates in the med­i­cal field.

Pic­ture: Grossi Luzio

Work­ers with skills in other fields can find it’s not too late to train in medicine.

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