Improving rural and remote health
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We welcome your recent focus on rural and remote health. Kamien and Cameron’s editorial addressed medical workforce supply issues,1 and the accompanying article ranged across not only workforce supply issues, but also broader systemic issues, including the roles of different levels of government.2 Coincidentally, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released its latest medical workforce report, which reported a rise in the number of doctors per head of population overall, particularly specialists, and particularly in urban areas, but decreased numbers of doctors in the bush, particularly in remote areas.3 Most of the media response ignored the contemporaneous nursing workforce report,4 which described a much more even geographical distribution of the nursing workforce — the largest health professional group.
Medical Journal of Australia
Wakerman J, Humphreys JS, Wells RW, et al. Improving rural and remote health. Med J Aust 2007; 186 (9): 486. © Copyright 2007 The Medical Journal of Australia – reproduced with permission.
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