More thatn 60% of Australia's export wealth comes from rural and regional Australia.
The Federal Government under-spent on Medicare, PBS and other health services in rural and regional areas by $2.1 billion in 2006/7 due in part to workforce shortages
Between 2010/11 and 2011/12. rural and regional people reported significant increases in waiting times to see GPs and medical specialists
63% of rural and regional Australians report that they were unable to access a variety of health services in their area
1.7 Million people live in the Murray-Darling Basin and this will grow to 2.1 million people by 2025
Rural Australians comprise 30% of the population, but only 10% of Australian medical graduates are moving into rural practice each year.
In 2006/7/ rural and regional Australians received 11 million fewer medicare services than they should due in part to a lack of available services.
According to the World Health Organisation, the best way to increase rural doctor numbers is to open regionally based medical schools.
Between 2004 and 2006, 4600 rural Australians died unnecessarily simply because of where they lived.
Fewer than 13% of medical graduates from established medical schools want to become GPs.


Charles Sturt University (CSU) and La Trobe University have joined forces and are developing a simple and pragmatic solution to the shortage of rural doctors in rural New South Wales and Victoria. The universities are seeking approval for a new medical school with a specific remit to address medical workforce shortages.

A high rural intake (at least 80 %) to maximise the likelihood of graduates choosing rural practice

An undergraduate program to help recruit rural high school graduates before they have left the regions

A medical degree delivered in rural areas so that students do not have to relocate to a metropolitan area

Training provided across multiple campuses and communities within the rural region

Training medical students together with dental, pharmacy, nursing and allied health students so health and medical graduates are equipped for rural, team-based care

A rural specific curriculum with emphasis on generalism including procedural training and skills required by rural and remote medical practitioners.

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