Health careers education for rural primary schoolchildren

Gorton, Susan M. (2011) Health careers education for rural primary schoolchildren. Australian Journal of Career Development, 20 (1). pp. 5-14.

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Abstract

International and national studies have reported that health professionals who grew up in a rural area are more likely to return to work in a rural area than their urban raised counterparts. The chronic severe shortage of health professionals in rural and remote Australia has meant inequitable health care for rural and remote communities and a shortage of health professional role models for rural children. Career development theories and related research indicate that children start to develop ideas about careers from early childhood but, before they can aspire to a career, they must have knowledge of that career. This article explores the knowledge that primary school students who live in rural and remote areas and study by distance education have of the health professions. This article draws from part of a project that uses qualitative interviews and elements of action research to understand career opportunities for rural and remote students in the health professions and to contribute to building sustainable solutions to the shortage of health professionals in these areas.

Item ID: 21008
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1038-4162
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 06:35
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
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