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Growing the pool of rural general practitioners

journal contribution
posted on 2020-12-08, 00:14 authored by Ronan O'TooleRonan O'Toole, J Wright
The critical importance of primary health care in maintaining a healthy population is well established internationally. Nevertheless, general practitioner care is not always easily accessible for some patients in Australia, particularly in rural regions. This is partly due to an insufficient number of medical graduates entering and being retained in the rural general practitioner workforce. Key elements of international and national programs designed to address this shortfall are discussed and include the use of entry requirements that preferentially select for applicants from a rural residence background, and immersion of medical students for a large share, or entire duration, of their training in rural communities. In addition, other factors that can influence decisions to enter and stay in rural practice are discussed.



  • School of Molecular Sciences

Publication Date



Rural and Remote Health





Article Number



7p. (p. 1-7)


James Cook University



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