Researchers who analysed more than 5,000 complaints resolved by the medical board have found that international medical graduates are 24% more likely to have complaints made against them than their Australian-trained counterparts.
However, these results were not consistent among all international graduates. Doctors who trained in Nigeria, Egypt, Poland, Russia, Pakistan, the Philippines and India had higher frequencies of complaints than Australian-trained doctors.
International medical graduates currently comprise a quarter of the Australian clinical practice. The researchers hope the study will inform more sophisticated approaches to regulating and supporting graduates.