Rural GP workforce still needs work: doctors

AFTER years of campaigning for the change to the incentives system, the Rural Doctors Association has backed the Abbott Government's move, but says there is still much to be done to improve the rural health workforce.

RDAA president Professor Dennis Pashen said the new GP Rural Incentives Program would replace the older system that did not differentiate between big regional cities and smaller rural towns. The change comes from an expert rural health review.

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Prof Pashen said he hoped other review recommendations would be taken up.

"We remain disappointed that there is currently no prevocational program available for junior doctors to sample general practice, and particularly rural general practice."



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