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Where to next for rural general practice policy and research in Australia?
journal contributionposted on 17.06.2020, 00:00 by LK Walters, MR McGrail, Dean CarsonDean Carson, BG O'Sullivan, DJ Russell, RP Strasser, RB Hays, M Kamien
Australia is in a critical period of rural workforce policy reform. The Australian government is responding to a surge of domestic and international doctors, while addressing the pervasive problem of geographic and specialty maldistribution.1 There is renewed commitment to strengthen rural health policy and further develop a well skilled, adaptable rural general practitioner workforce. GPs underpin resilient, healthy rural and remote communities and are essential for a coordinated and efficient health system.2 This article seeks to inform future directions and research priorities by reflecting on 20 years of policy activity and outcomes.