Retention of rural doctors linked to opportunities to develop scope of practice

Ms Suzanne Bain-Donohue, co-author of the research Suzanne Bain Donohue, rural medicine, general practice, gps, international doctors
21 March 2024

It is well known there is a maldistribution of doctors in Australia, which leads to a shortage of doctors working rurally. The scope of practice required of rural general practitioners acts as an incentive for some and discourages others. To address the workforce shortfall, internationally trained medical graduates are employed with most required to work in an underserved location (typically rural) for a mandated period of time.