Medical role substitutions and delegations - overcoming the fear

Aust Health Rev. 2007 Apr;31 Suppl 1:S20-4. doi: 10.1071/ah070s20.


This paper outlines the increasing need for new health care practitioners to work under delegation or as substitutes for medical practitioners to resolve the Australian health workforce crisis. The personal experience of the author and common issues for medical practitioners related to the introduction of these new roles are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Allied Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Australia
  • Delegation, Professional*
  • Fear
  • Health Workforce / trends*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Nurse Practitioners / statistics & numerical data
  • Physician Assistants / statistics & numerical data
  • Physician's Role*