When the tide goes out: health workforce in rural, remote and Indigenous communities

Murray, Richard B., and Wronski, Ian (2006) When the tide goes out: health workforce in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Medical Journal of Australia, 185 (1). pp. 37-38.

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Abstract

There is compelling evidence for the success of the "rural pipeline" (rural student recruitment and rurally based education and professional training) in increasing the rural workforce. The nexus between clinical education and training, sustaining the health care workforce, clinical research, and quality and safety needs greater emphasis in regional areas. A "teaching health system" for non-metropolitan Australia requires greater commitment to teaching as core business, as well as provision of infrastructure, including accommodation, and access to the private sector. Workforce flexibility is mostly well accepted in rural and remote areas. There is room for expanding the scope of clinical practice by non-medical clinicians in both an independent codified manner (eg, nurse practitioners) and through flexible local medical delegation (eg, practice nurses, Aboriginal health workers, and therapists). The imbalance between subspecialist and generalist medical training needs to be addressed. Improved training and recognition of Aboriginal health workers, as well as continued investment in Indigenous entry to other health professional programs, remain policy priorities.

Item ID: 3697
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: health services delivery; Indigenous communities; rural health; career choice
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Reproduced with permission from the Medical Journal of Australia. Murray, Richard B., and Wronski, Ian (2006) When the tide goes out: health workforce in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Medical Journal of Australia, 185 (1). pp. 37-38. ISSN 1326-5377

ISSN: 0025-729X
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009 22:46
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 34%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 33%
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