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  • Date
    2007-09-01
  • Title
    When the Tide Goes Out: Health Workforce in Rural, Remote and Indigenous Communities
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    The Medical Journal of Australia
  • Year
    2006
  • Author
    Murray RB and Wronski I
  • Description
    [Excerpt from authors]There is compelling evidence for the success of the "rural pipeline" (rural student recruitment and rurally based education and professional training) in increasing the rural workforce.The nexus between clinical education and training, sustaining the health care workforce, clinical research, and quality and safety needs greater emphasis in regional areas.A "teaching health system" for non-metropolitan Australia requires greater commitment to teaching as core business, as well as provision of infrastructure, including accommodation, and access to the private sector.Workforce flexibility is mostly well accepted in rural and remote areas. There is room for expanding the scope of clinical practice by non-medical clinicians in both an independent codified manner (eg, nurse practitioners) and through flexible local medical delegation (eg, practice nurses, Aboriginal health workers, and therapists).The imbalance between subspecialist and generalist medical training needs to be addressed.Improved training and recognition of Aboriginal health workers, as well as continued investment in Indigenous entry to other health professional programs, remain policy priorities.
  • Categories
    Education, Training and Development, Nursing Human Resources Management
  • Keywords
    geographical imbalances; geographical distribution
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