AMA calls on Government to lift rural training targets

10 Dec 2015

The AMA has written to Health Minister Sussan Ley outlining serious concerns that rural Australia is not attracting and retaining sufficient doctors to meet current and future need, and offering solutions. That AMA plan recommends the Government set more ambitious targets to get Commonwealth-supported students with a rural background into medical schools, and to increase the proportion of medical students required to undertake extended rural clinical rotations. Currently, just under 28 per cent of commencing domestic medical students come from a rural background, with this number having increased slowly over the years.

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Along with its recommendations to increase the targets for students with rural backgrounds and rural training rotations, the AMA is pushing a range of initiatives to attract young doctors to rural practice, including: