Solving Australia’s rural medical workforce shortage

Matthew McGrail, Belinda O'Sullivan, Deb Russell, Anthony Scott

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Introduction: A longstanding but complex health policy issue has been to ensure people in rural Australia have good access to medical care. In the context of a reported national oversupply of doctors, policies to redistribute doctors to areas of undersupply are of particular relevance. This policy brief summarises key evidence from the MABEL survey in relation to supporting the rural medical workforce. Our evidence shows that a range of factors throughout the medical training pipeline and the course of doctors’ work influences the supply of doctors in rural areas
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationPolicy Brief: Centre for Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics
PublisherCentre for Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Rural health workers
  • health service delivery
  • staff retention
  • staff recruitment


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