Report confirms that rural graduates are retained in the rural workforce

Charles Sturt University has released The Graduate Destinations Report, which surveyed students of on-campus health and human services degrees on where they had chosen to work after graduating. The students had graduated in the years between 2007 and 2009.

The report found 74 per cent of students from inner regional areas and 75 per cent from outer regional areas worked in a regional area after graduating. Eighty-nine per cent of students from remote areas and 71 per cent from very remote areas accepted employment in a rural area. The portion of metropolitan students who stayed on and practised in a regional area was 43 per cent.

The fields that retained the highest proportion of regional students were psychology, nutrition and dietetics, podiatry, nuclear medicine technology, pharmacy and social work.

The report gives added backing to recent moves by CSU to open its own Medical School.

Press report (Central Western Daily.)

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