Classification system hurts rural practices

COUNTRY towns are "bleeding to death" because of the geographical classification system used to set incentives to attract GPs, according to rural doctors who have launched a campaign for a system overhaul.

The RDAA-led Stop the Rot campaign will highlight a host of small towns that have been "significantly disadvantaged" by their classification under the new Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) system, which replaced the previous Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas (RRMA) system.