Here's how to boost doctor numbers in the bush

Medical students with a country background who train at rural schools are nearly five times more like to practice in the bush, MJA study shows

The rural doctor workforce could be bolstered if medical schools accepted more students from the bush and bolstered training and placements in rural settings, a new study suggests.

The study explored where 1321 medical graduates — 259 with rural backgrounds — from 10 universities were practising five and eight years after graduation.

All the universities had rural clinics schools or regional medical schools.

The data showed graduates from country areas who had extended rural clinical school experience were 4.8 times more