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Growing the pool of rural general practitioners

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posted on 08.12.2020, 00:14 by Ronan 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.

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  • School of Molecular Sciences

Publication Date

06/11/2020

Journal

Rural and Remote Health

Volume

20

Issue

4

Article Number

5769

Pagination

7p. (p. 1-7)

Publisher

James Cook University

ISSN

1445-6354

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