In a recent article by Robyn Langham, head of Monash University’s medical school, in The Australian, she writes about the challenges faced by rural and regional communities in keeping experienced medical training graduates and medical practitioners to stay and live in the community.
Prof. Langham also refers to the large number of medical schools in Australia, 19 in total, producing doctors, but the lack of support they have to complete their specialist training in regional and rural areas. Instead the system takes them back to metropolitan cities, keeping them there for seven years or so at a period in their lives when they are establishing their roots. Very few return to the rural or regional centre where they completed their medical training.
There looks to be some light at the end of the tunnel, however. This issue is of concern for the Federal Government, so much so that the Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie announced $14million in funding in October 2016, for the establishment of the integrated rural training pipeline for medicine. Thirty training hubs in rural centres nationally have been proposed, with the aim to better retain medical graduates in rural areas.
The full piece can be read via this link here (Click on the first link in the Google search)