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04 Oct 2019

The AMA has called for regional training hubs to be scrapped and replaced with regional training networks to better support medical students and doctors in training to spend more time in rural and regional areas during their training.

The AMA has made a submission to the evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program, largely supporting the program but calling for some changes.

The submission calls for an increase in the intake of medical students from rural backgrounds from the current one-quarter to one-third, and the same increase in the proportion of medical students required to undertake at least one year of clinical training in a rural area.

“Australia is now training more medical practitioners per head of population than most countries ... yet we are still reliant on international medical graduates to provide services in rural and regional areas,” Dr Sandra Hirowatari, chair of the AMA Council of Rural Doctors, said in the submission.

“This is due to misplaced belief in the 'trickle out' strategy — the idea that market forces will direct an oversupply of doctors to rural locations, and expecting that rural exposure during medical school alone will result in more rural medical practitioners.”

MARIA HAWTHORNE

The full submission can be found at: https://ama.com.au/submission/submission-evaluation-rural-health-multidisciplinary-training-program


Published: 04 Oct 2019