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Type: Journal article
Title: A critical review of rural medical workforce retention in Australia
Author: Humphreys, J.
Jones, J.
Jones, M.
Hugo, G.
Bamford, E.
Taylor, D.
Citation: Australian Health Review, 2001; 24(4):91-102
Publisher: Australian Healthcare Association
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 0156-5788
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John Humphreys, Judith Jones, Mike Jones, Graeme Hugo, Errol J. Bamford, and Danielle Taylor
Abstract: The problem of how best to recruit and retain doctors in rural and remote communities has led governments to adopt a range of medical workforce incentives, including retention grants. A comprehensive literature survey suggests that medical workforce retention has been poorly distinguished from other supply issues such as recruitment, and that its determinants and the process leading to retention are poorly understood. Such a knowledge gap is likely to limit the effectiveness of retention incentives. This article reports the results of this literature review, and advances a conceptual framework as the basis for ongoing research and evaluating how best to deliver effective retention interventions.
Keywords: Medical practitioners; rural conditions; remote areas; recruitment; decision making
Description: © Australian Healthcare Association
RMID: 0020011648
DOI: 10.1071/AH010091a
Published version:;dn=200200325;res=APAFT
Appears in Collections:Geography, Environment and Population publications
Australian Population and Migration Research Centre publications

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