Queensland PA programme ends.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Medical education (Methods)
Pub Date: 07/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: July, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 6
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia
Accession Number: 262691468
Full Text: The need for a local PA education programme is also being considered, as part of the demonstration. Australia's first PA degree programme at Queensland University has just dosed because of difficulties recruiting a programme director ,following the resignation of the inaugural director. A group of 11 students on the inaugural programme graduate this month, with another 23 students scheduled to graduate next year.

Announcing the closure, clean and head of the School of Medicine, David Wilkinson, said it was also because of the "significant uncertainty" about the future of PA workforce in Australia and the associated financial risk.

"This was a very difficult decision to take, not least because of our commitment to health workforce development and reform, and our significant investment in developing the first PA programme in Australia," Wilkinson said.

Gorman said the closure of the Queensland programme may mean New Zealand could recruit some of its graduates. He does not believe the closure will make it harder to establish a PA programme here--"the local politics are quite idiosyncratic': He doesn't think there would be any difficulties recruiting a programme director either--"quite the opposite in fact"

The Middlemore Hospital PA demonstration will be evaluated in October and with the results made public.
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