New Zealand Physician Associates
Keywords:New Zealand, Physician Associates
Similar to other countries, the Physician Associates (PA) profession began in New Zealand as a pilot demonstration with US trained PAs due to a projected shortage of General Practitioners in the future. In 2012, seven US trained PAs were recruited to work in primary care and rural emergency medicine. This successful pilot has led to the recruitment of additional PAs to work throughout the country. There are currently 10 PAs working in the country. The program is still in its infancy in New Zealand; however, PAs are working hard to develop the framework for expansion of the role and the creation of an educational program to create homegrown PAs.
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