Beckoning GPs to the bush

GPs are harder to find in the bush than a double decaf soy latte, but incoming ACRRM president Professor Richard Murray is optimistic about the future.

“We are working right now in a system that is really stacked against rural generalist medicine, and in which there is a severe geographic maldistribution of services and maldistribution according to need,” Professor Murray says.

“But there is also probably a once-in-a-generation or more opportunity for change [and] the bush has a lot to teach the city.”

Professor Murray, who is set to take up the presidency next month, comes to the role from a career spent in Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and helping solve the needs of underserved populations.

He worked for 14 years in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, including 12 years as the medical director of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC), during