Rural medical education in Europe: the relevance of the Australian experience

Hays, Richard (2007) Rural medical education in Europe: the relevance of the Australian experience. Rural and Remote Health, 7 (1). 683. pp. 1-9.

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The drive to increase recognition of the different health care needs of rural communities has been more successful in North America and Australia than in Europe. This success has translated into political support for a range of education, workforce and service model initiatives that appear to be effective in providing a better prepared and supported healthcare workforce in rural communities, providing services through specifically developed delivery models, all with the aim of improving the quality of health care for rural people. The reasons for the differences between Europe and nations with greater success appear to relate to: the absence of a clear, shared definition of rurality across a very diverse group of nations within Europe, and a weaker coalition of interests advocating rural health issues. As a result, although very similar rural health issues are present in Europe, governments are not particularly supportive of initiatives aimed specifically at rural health and so rural medical education is much less well developed. This article explores how the rural health movement in Europe might build on success elsewhere to develop and successfully promote localy relevant models of rural medical education.

Item ID: 25870
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1445-6354
Keywords: Europe; quality; rurality
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 05:34
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 65%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Inequalities @ 35%
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