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Evidence-based medical workforce planning and education: the MSOD project

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How will this survey change medical workforce management?

Overcoming medical workforce shortages and maldistribution remains critical in Australia.1 Numerous government initiatives have targeted these issues.2 Despite recent modest progress in increasing the supply of doctors to underserved regions,3 overall success has been limited.4

After auditing Australia’s rural and regional health workforce, the Australian Government recognised the need for longitudinal data for strategic medical workforce planning.2 The Medical Schools Outcomes Database and Longitudinal Tracking (MSOD) Project of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc (MDANZ) has been funded from 2004, initially by the Department of Health and Ageing and now by Workforce Australia, to collect data from medical students, tracking them through medical school and into prevocational training. Collection of national data began in 2006.5

As reported in the Journal in 2009, the MSOD Project aims to provide a national dataset that can be…