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The physician assistant role in Aboriginal healthcare in Australia

  • Year: 2014
  • Author: Laufik, Nanette, MPH, PA-C
  • Journal Name: JAAPA : Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Journal Number: 27.1
  • Publisher: Haymarket Media, Inc.
  • Published Location: United States
  • ISBN: 15471896
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Queensland

Australia has a shortage of doctors in general and more so in Aboriginal communities. The 2011-2012 report by Health Workforce Australia endorses the relevance of physician assistants (PAs) in rural Australia, and this article describes the experience of a PA employed in rural Aboriginal Health Services in North Queensland. The author also shares recommendations and insights for expanded implementation of PAs.

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