The AMA’s Council of Rural Physicians invites physicians who work in rural and remote Australia to participate in the AMA Survey of Rural Health Issues. You will be asked to rate the importance of different proposals to improve rural and remote health care.
The survey will inform our future policy and advocacy directions. With 2022 being a federal election year, this is a great opportunity to ensure that regional, rural and remote health issues feature prominently in the political debate.
the AMA Survey of Rural Health Issues was last undertaken in 2019. It provided key insights into key issues impacting rural and remote health service delivery. The survey results informed subsequent government decisions, particularly to address the need for infrastructure investment and urgent workforce support, such as reforming the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) scheme, the creation of the John Flynn Prevocational Doctor Program (JFPDP), the expansion of the Priority Distribution Area Classification (DPA) and incentivizing doctors to travel to rural, remote and regional Australia by forgiving some or all of their program debt Higher Education Loans (HELP). Despite this, significant labor retention challenges remain for rural and remote Australia.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed public hospital shortcomings across the country. He also pointed to the long-term underfunding of general practice, as described in AMA Public Hospital Bulletin 2021 and the AMA’s submission to the Inquiry into the provision of general medical and related primary health care services to metropolitan, rural and outside regional Australians.
The survey should only take about 5 minutes and all survey participants can enter the draw to win a $500 RM Williams gift card.
/AMA/AusMed News. This material from the original organization/authors may be ad hoc in nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors.