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More doctors to improve rural health services.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E 1 WILSON TUCKEY FEDERAL MEMBER FOR O’CONNOR 26/07/2006 MORE DOCTORS TO IMPROVE RURAL HEALTH SERVICES

Wilson Tuckey, Member for O’Connor today welcomed Budget funding to increase the number of university medical students and initiatives to increase the number of doctors in rural areas.

The Budget provides more than $60 million in extra funding over four years for an additional 400 places for first-year medical students in Australian universities.

Many of the new places will be ‘bonded’ to rural areas. This means that the medical school place is available with low fees on condition that the student contract to work, after graduation, in rural areas where there is a shortage of doctors. Some of the new places will commence in 2007, with all places being available by 2009.

“This is another demonstration of the Government’s determination to increase the number of doctors working in rural areas,” Mr Tuckey said.

“It’s well known that people who grow up in the country, or spend some time living there, are more likely to choose to work there professionally.

“This Budget funding will allow more students from rural areas to get into medicine and also ensure that more trainee and graduate doctors get a taste of life in the country and, hopefully, decide to stay.”

Mr Tuckey said the Budget would build on a range of measures that the Government already has in place to boost the medical workforce, in particular in rural areas.

“Since 2000 the number of publicly funded medical places in Australian universities has increased by more than 30 per cent. At the same time, a quarter of all medical students are now spending at least one year of their clinical training in rural areas, through the Rural Clinical Schools Program.

“The people of my electorate will be pleased to know that more young Australians doctors are being encouraged to come to rural areas for study and work.”

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