Young Doctors Encouraged to Go Rural

By Petrina Smith
Thursday, 12 March, 2015


 A new national Go Rural  campaign targeting young doctors will be launched this week, promoting the benefits of rural practice.
Go Rural is run by RHWA in conjunction with state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies, whose role is to attract, recruit and support health professionals for rural communities.
“Going rural is definitely the best medicine for young health professionals,” says RHWA CEO Greg Mundy. “The variety, the opportunities, the financial incentives – they all add up to a ticket to a first-class career.”
One of the benefits being communicated to medical students and young doctors is Federal Government relocation incentives of up to $120,000 for doctors who want to go rural.
The not-for-profit agencies are holding a series of Go Rural events around the country including skills days, regional bus tours and opportunities to meet experienced rural GPs. More than 200 university health students and young doctors are expected to take part.
The Go Rural campaign partners are the New South Wales Rural Doctors Network, Rural Workforce Agency Victoria, Health Workforce Queensland, the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency in South Australia, Rural Health West in Western Australia, Health Recruitment Plus Tasmania, and the Northern Territory Medicare Local.
Go Rural is funded by the Federal Department of Health. See www.rhwa.org.au/gorural

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