2016 Rural Health Issues Survey Report

21 Jun 2016

Rural Australia needs more doctors and other health professionals, improved internet access and better hospital facilities, according to the results of the AMA Rural Health Issues Survey. 

Almost 600 doctors who took part in the AMA Rural Health Issues Survey 2016 said extra funding and resources to support the recruitment and retention of doctors and other health professionals was their top priority in trying to meet the health care needs of their patients. 

Doctors who took part said that for there to be genuine improvements in access to health care for rural patients, there needed to be: 

  • funding and resources to support improved staffing levels and workable rosters for rural doctors;
  • access to high speed broadband;
  • investment in hospital and practice infrastructure;
  • expanded opportunities for medical training and education in rural areas;
  • improved support for GP proceduralists; and
  • better access to locum relief. 

To read the full report, click on the link below.