A sufficient pipeline of doctors for rural communities is vital for Australia's overall medical workforce

Murray, Richard B., and Craig, Helen (2023) A sufficient pipeline of doctors for rural communities is vital for Australia's overall medical workforce. Medical Journal of Australia, 219 (S3). S5-S7.

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The shortage of doctors in remote, rural and regional Australian communities is a longstanding health policy challenge. It is the main reason why almost 3000 overseas-trained doctors enter the labour force annually1 — a similar number to the domestic graduate output of Australian medical schools.2 Most overseas-trained doctors end up practising in major cities; 75% of all registered overseas-trained doctors in clinical practice in 2021 were metropolitan based, with major cities also accounting for 76% of the growth in overseas-trained doctors over the 2015–2021 period.3 In effect, rurally targeted recruitment of overseas-trained doctors compounds the problem of geographic maldistribution that it is meant to solve. Achieving a substantial pipeline of Australian-trained graduates who will willingly pursue regional careers as general practitioners, rural generalists and non-GP specialists is therefore a first order policy priority.

Item ID: 80323
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Keywords: Education, medical, Primary care, Rural health services
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Authors. Medical Journal of Australia published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of AMPCo Pty Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2023 01:13
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420311 Health systems @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390305 Professional education and training @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200206 Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs) @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200508 Rural and remote area health @ 50%
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