Rural health care overlooked again

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Vann and La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar have expressed disappointment the Murray Darling Medical School (MDMS) initiative was again overlooked in the 2015 budget.

The MDMS would provide undergraduate medical training from campuses in Bendigo, Orange, and Wagga Wagga, and reserve 80 per cent of enrolments for rural, regional and Indigenous students.
The Vice-Chancellors said recent evidence showed the current training arrangements were failing rural and regional communities, and the Government had missed the opportunity to improve the supply of GPs and specialists in rural and regional Australia.

"Only last month, Rural Health Workforce Australia reported that 'less than 5 per cent of [Australian medical] graduates intend to practise in rural areas [as GPs]'," Professor Vann said.

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