Rural healthcare: have your say

Rural doctor training scheme in crisis, Grattan Institute paper reveals. The $13 million a year Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme should be phased out, a government review of health workforce programs says.

A medical scheme that was meant to boost the rural workforce has delivered just one new doctor to the bush after nine years. And doctors receiving a $16,000 taxpayer funded medical school scholarships under another rural workforce scheme are opting to work overseas to avoid their bush practice obligation.

Students who get the scholarship are meant to work for up to six years in a rural or remote area when they graduate. There are over 1200 participants in the scheme but to date fewer than 50 recipients have commenced their return of service period.

Read More News Limited Sunday September 29, 2013

The areas with the lowest GPS per head of population

  • Kimberley-Pilbara (WA)
  • Bentley-Armadale (WA)
  • Northern Territory
  • Central and NW Qld
  • Goldfields-Midwest (WA)
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Perth North Metro
  • New England (NSW)
  • Southern NSW
  • South West WA

The  Grattan Institute has compared GP rates across Australia and found parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and South East Queensland boast more than 100 doctors per 100,000 people, while some regions had less than 80.

Read more: SMH

Do you have an interest in rural healthcare and what to share your thoughts on what should be happening with other rural and regional leaders?

The Grattan Institute solutions for the rural GP shortage include creating physician assistants and increasing the responsibilities of pharmist for treatment. Also what is happening with rural medical training supervision and new regional university medical programs. Why is rural Australia not an attractive option for young doctors? We’d like to know what you are thinking…

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Regional, Rural and Remote Health and Social Development. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014.

Rural Healthcare

Rural Healthcare

Call for papers – do you want to speak at a conference on rural healthcare?

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: [email protected] URL:

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