Stisd medical professionals, or stisd people, are employed by hospitals to do various tasks for patients.
But they also perform routine medical functions such as administering vaccinations, helping with bedside examinations and dressing patients, for example.
It’s the role they have taken on in recent years in an increasingly medicalised world.
It has led to an increase in demand for medical doctors, as well as a growing number of vacancies in the industry.
Medical professionals in Queensland’s north-west have been told they will not be able to join the new medical professions in Stiddi.
“We are trying to ensure that our current members have the best opportunity of joining the profession,” Stiddis Chief Executive Sarah Tompkins said.
Dr Tompkin said the number of people seeking work in the medical professions had risen to more than 50,000 people, but that she could not give an exact figure.
She said some of the jobs in the profession were very well-paying.
The Government has not yet announced how many doctors and nurses it intends to retain in the role, which currently has about 8,000 vacancies.
Ms Tompons said she was not aware of any applications from doctors or nurses wanting to be stisd doctors, but would not be surprised if there was some competition from other industries such as nursing and pharmacy.
It is not the first time the medical profession has faced criticism for its reliance on foreigners.
More than a decade ago, Queensland Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced an extra 50 jobs for doctors and medical staff.
But the number has since fallen to about 60,000.
Health Minister Tony Pasin said it was the Government’s decision to retain the existing medical jobs.
He said the decision was a matter for the health sector, which would now look at the options for how it could attract the doctors and health workers it needed.
‘We have to protect jobs’Ms Tommers said the new doctors and nursing jobs would be created for the people who were being replaced by the stiddies.
“We have got to protect the jobs and we have got the best of both worlds,” she said.
“That is why we are going to be trying to find other jobs.”
Topics:health,health-policy,workers,jobless-protestant,employment,religion-and-beliefs,religions-and‑belief,community-and/or-society,australiaFirst posted March 13, 2019 16:50:08Contact Rachel O’BrienMore stories from Queensland