Rural patients coping without specialists

Rural Australian populations have increased risk factors for diabetes, and increased life-years lost to diabetes-related disability and mortality, but is the push for more specialists in the bush misguided?

Professor Timothy Skinner, director of the University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School in Burnie, believes it may be.

“If we’re in a cash-limited environment and we’re short on health professionals, what should we be investing in?” he asks. “Should we be advocating for more rural specialist positions as a priority? Or should we be arguing for more general