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Aust J Rural Health. 2001 Feb;9(1):29-33.

Positive impact of rural academic family practices on rural medical recruitment and retention in South Australia.

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South Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Health, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.


Difficulty recruiting and retaining doctors in rural and remote Australia is well recognised. Here, we describe the positive impact on recruitment and retention of general practitioners of a network of university-linked rural family practices in South Australia. Between August 1995 and October 1999, 17 doctors were recruited; eight (47%) were female and six (35%) worked part time. Four doctors left the practices after an average of 20 months service (annual turnover of 6%). Of the two general practice registrars placed in the single accredited practice, one has since joined the practice and the other will do so in 2000. Five doctors are overseas-trained (24%) and four are expected to stay permanently. Rural academic family practices have successfully recruited and retained medical staff in this setting over the past few years. This model of practice may be a useful recruitment and retention strategy for other parts of Australia.

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