The factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas

The factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas

22 August 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-1-74229-676-0

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MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 48KB)
 
Abbreviations (PDF 10KB)
 
Executive summary (PDF 35KB)
 
List of Recommendations (PDF 31KB)
 
Chapter 1 - The factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas (PDF 25KB)

Terms of Reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

 
Chapter 2 - The distribution of medical, nursing and allied health professionals across Australia (PDF 146KB)

Attempts to measure the adequacy of the rural health workforce
Current distribution of the medical workforce in Australia
Impacts of the maldistribution of the medical workforce
Causal factors leading to workforce shortages in non-metropolitan areas

 
Chapter 3 - The nature of the medical profession in rural areas (PDF 111KB)

Medical Specialisms
Rural Generalists pathways
Indigenous Health

 
Chapter 4 - Attempts to address the rural medical skills deficit (PDF 166KB)

Government-led actions and policies impacting on doctor numbers
Government-led initiatives to address the shortage of Allied Health Professionals and nurses in non-metropolitan areas
Telemedicine
Up-skilling the existing workforce
The efficacy of efforts to increase the rural health workforce

 
Chapter 5 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification for Remoteness Areas (PDF 137KB)

Introduction
Need for a geographical statistical classification system
Geographical classification systems
Australian Standard Geographical Classification–Remoteness Area
Incentives for GPs to work outside major cities
Use of the ASGC-RA to determine incentives
Other classification systems

 
Chapter 6 - The role of universities and medical schools (PDF 133KB)

Current pathways into rural medicine
Quota of students from a rural background
A multifactorial problem
Student Entry requirements
Teaching and mentoring places for medical students
Accommodation issues during clinical placements

 
Chapter 7 - Medicare Locals (PDF 92KB)

Key issues raised during the inquiry

 
APPENDIX 1 - Submissions and Additional Information received by the Committee (PDF 25KB)
 
APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 16KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
Email: community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au

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