Want to attract doctors to the bush? Pay their kids' private school fees

One of the biggest barriers is an unhappy family

Paying the private school fees of doctors’ children is being touted as one way of attracting more doctors to move to the bush.

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The AMA has placed family support at the centre of its new five-point plan to address the rural health workforce shortage, arguing that state and federal governments need to appeal not just to doctors but to their loved ones as well.

“Simply paying a medical practitioner more, while helpful, does not address the full dimensions of the problem and ignores significant factors in any individual's decision-making process when considering rural practice,”