AMA calls for regional training networks to help build future rural medical workforce

4 Sep 2014

The AMA is calling on all Australian governments to collaborate on the creation of Regional Training Networks to maximise resources and expertise to produce a high level medical workforce in sufficient numbers to meet the future health needs of rural and regional Australian communities. The AMA plan is detailed in the AMA Position Statement on Regional Training Networks, released this week.

AMA President, A/Prof Owler, said that medical workforce shortage is a major health issue, particularly for rural and regional Australia.

“The overall distribution of doctors is skewed towards the major cities. The available evidence shows that one of the most effective policy measures to address rural workforce shortages is the delivery of training in rural areas,” A/Prof Owler said.

“The AMA is promoting the establishment of regional training networks (RTNs) to bolster rural training opportunities, and to provide a valuable and meaningful career pathway for junior doctors who want to work in regional and rural Australia.

View the AMA Position Statement on Regional Training Networks