Monday, 17 October 2011

Senate Inquiry : The factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas

Rural doctors have welcomed the setting up of a Senate Inquiry into the factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas. Rural incentives which classify many smaller rural towns in the same category as some large rural centres, have made recruitment of medical practitioners for small towns very difficult.

The terms of reference of the Inquiry are quite wide-ranging, encompassing all health professionals and alternative methods of incentive programs. They are as follows :

* to determine the factors limiting the supply of health services and medical, nursing and allied health professionals to small regional communities as compared with major regional and metropolitan centres.
* to enquire into the role and effectiveness of the current incentive programs for recruitment and retention of doctors, particularly in smaller rural communities,
* the appropriateness of the delivery model for the incentive programs,
* whether the current Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Areas classification scheme ensures appropriate distribution of funds and delivers intended outcomes, and
* other related matters

Submissions are currently being accepted, but a closing date for submissions has not yet been announced.

Information, Terms Of Reference, and submission guidelines

Rural doctors welcome Senate Inquiry on health services in the bush (The Land)

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