Experts debate need for more rural med schools

Australian Health Care Reform Alliance founder Professor John Dwyer said the inequities in health outcomes between rural and metropolitan Australians were driving interest in the creation of new rural medical schools.

“Rural Australians deserve doctors who want to be there and are not forced to be there,” he said. “There is plenty of evidence that if you take someone from the country and train them in the country, 80% pursue their career in the country.”

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Dean, Faculty of Science, Professor Nick Klomp said a medical school had “been on the university’s horizon for a number of years” and while permission from government had not yet been granted, “CSU is getting on with it anyway”.

“We can fix this [rural doctor shortage] but we have to start moving on this now.” 

But Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand president, Professor Justin Beilby