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Govt examines rural doctor training

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016

Budding doctors are more likely to get experience in regional communities after a government review of medical training places.

The federal health and education departments are examining the number of medical school places and where they are in a bid to address concerns that there's an over-supply of doctors but not enough in rural and regional areas.

Assistant Minister for Rural Health David Gillespie says the structure of the training system and a lack of advanced positions in regional and rural areas at key points in their education tends to force new doctors back to the cities, where they often settle.

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