No easy solution to put GPs where needed
It is a challenge that stretches our world-class health system. We scour our schools and universities for the brightest rural youth then combine regional experience with relocation bonuses to meet the needs of the bush.
Medical graduate numbers are up, rural clinical and vocational training places have increased rapidly, but we are yet to see the seismic shift of doctors taking up country practice.
The current geographical classification system is having a detrimental impact on remote recruitment,