Growing a dental workforce for regional and remote Australia: tracking the paths of James Cook University's first graduates

Croker, Felicity, and Sandham, Andrew (2014) Growing a dental workforce for regional and remote Australia: tracking the paths of James Cook University's first graduates. In: Abstracts from the 7th Biennial Are You Remotely Interested Conference. From: AYRI 2014: 7th Biennial Are You Remotely Interested Conference, 30 June - 1 July 2014, Mount Isa, QLD, Australia.

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Background: The purpose and vision of the regional dental school at James Cook University (JCU) was presented at the 2010 "Are you remotely interested?" conference. Preliminary data on the preferred destinations and current practice location of the first graduate cohort.

Aims of Study: To identify the main reason JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery graduates chose their first practice location and subsequent relocation if applicable.

Method: Design and participants: This study invited the first 54 graduates from the JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery to participate in a survey on completion of their degree. Follow-up through an email survey and phone contact provides additional recent data.

Main outcome measures: Graduates' main reason for choosing their graduate location and subsequent relocation in their first practice year (2014). Their current place of practice will be compared with their preferred employment location on completion of the BDS. Any post-graduate training undertaken during the graduate year will also be captured.

Results: Respondents to initial survey (n = 54; response rate = 100%) reported both personal factors and professional opportunities as the primary drivers for choice of employer and location. The follow-up survey is currently in progress and preliminary findings will be available in August.

Conclusion: JCU is making a significant difference to the regional and remote dental workforce.

Item ID: 45139
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: dental surgery, workforce, graduate destinations, rural, remote, Queensland
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 00:39
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920402 Dental Health @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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