Leading doctor says rural services hit by ‘geographic narcissism’

Doctor shortage worsened by having medical leadership based in cities, Dr Marco Giuseppin, chair of the AMA Council of Rural Doctors tells a senate inquiry
Australian Associated Press
Dr Marco Giuseppin
Dr Marco Giuseppin.

An ongoing metropolitan “geographic narcissism” in hospital training is continuing to intensify the doctor shortage in country areas, a leading rural GP has told a senate inquiry.

Dr Marco Giuseppin, chair of the AMA Council of Rural Doctors, also says an emphasis on credentials gained in the city encourages young doctors to seek out training in those settings rather than rural and remote areas.