Do we need more med students from battler backgrounds?

Medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely than their affluent peers to end up practising in low socio-economic areas, according to WA research.

Those admitted through quota-based programs are 1.63 times more likely to practise in disadvantaged areas than other students, shows the research of more than 2800 University of WA graduates.

Meanwhile, students in the top deciles were almost half as likely to practise in disadvantaged areas.

Students from lower socioeconomic areas also tended to be older and more likely to practise as a GP than a specialist once they