City medical schools not achieving rural goals: Dwyer

Emeritus Professor John Dwyer — a medical consultant to Charles Sturt University (CSU), which is seeking to establish an entirely rural-based medical school in NSW — said  despite the “sterling efforts” of medical staff in rural Australia to help train medical students, “city medical schools are not achieving their goal”.

At a recent meeting of the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators, Professor Dwyer said none of the city-based medical schools had been able to report that their efforts had seen an increase in the number of doctors actually working in rural practice.

“The rural clinical schools were established to significantly increase the number of doctors actually working in rural areas, so it is astonishing that not a single one of them was able to point to any hard evidence of success in this field,” he said.

“This will be a blow for rural communities desperately fighting to