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Medical students' and GP registrars' accommodation needs in the rural community: insight from a Victorian study

  • Year: 2003
  • Author: Wearne, B; O'Meara, P; Chesters, J; Han, GS; McGrail, M
  • Journal Name: Australian Health Review
  • Journal Number: Vol. 26, No. 1
  • Country: Australia

Medical education in Australia is currently entering a new era, including support for the significant extension of medical students and general practitioner (GP) registrars' training programs in rural communities. This commitment to rural medical student and general practitioner recruitment and retention has made the provision of accommodation in rural communities a vital issue. This study has found that approximately half of all medical students on placement with rural GPs are currently accommodated with their GP supervisor or with other practice staff. This is a burden for many GPs and when the anticipated increase in the frequency and length of rural placements occurs what is currently a burden will become unsustainable. The changing gender and cultural demographics of medical students and rural general practitioners will also contribute to stresses on this accommodation system. It is important to have a systematic approach towards more appropriate and sustainable models of accommodation for both medical students and GP registrars.

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