Health workforce turnover in remote Indigenous communities - who stays, who goes?

D J Russell, Y Zhao, S Guthridge, M Ramjan, J Wakerman, M P Jones, J S Humphreys

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    Aim: Health workforce geographical maldistribution is a persisting global issue linked to inequitable access to health services and poorer health outcomes for rural and remote populations. Anecdotal reports suggest that the primary health care (PHC) workforce in remote NT Indigenous communities is frequently characterised by undersupply, high turnover, low stability and high use of short-term
    (agency) staff. A lack of reliable quantitative studies limits evidence available to guide workforce policy improvements. This study seeks to quantify current resident PHC workforce supply, turnover and retention in remote NT communities with a predominantly Indigenous population
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event14th National Rural Health Conference - Cairns, Cairns, Australia
    Duration: 26 Apr 201729 Apr 2017 (Link to conference website)


    Conference14th National Rural Health Conference
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    • staff turnover
    • staff retention
    • health workers
    • Indigenous communities
    • remote communities
    • Northern Territory (NT)


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