Thursday, 30 August 2012

Senate Committee on the factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas

The Senate Committee on the factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas has issued its report.

Key points from the 18 recommendations of the inquiry, include:

* Replacement of the current ASGC-RA system
* Calls for increased numbers of rural generalist GPs
* More rural placement opportunities for prevocational training
* Strategies around increased intakes of rural students into training courses
* Additional support (eg locums) for rural GPs who are providing training
* Extend HECS rebates to nurses and allied health professionals relocating to rural and remote areas

Committee report

Committee page

Senate inquiry findings vindicate rural doctor stance (AHHA)

Senate report ticks the right boxes on rural health (Rural Health Workforce Australia)

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