Nationals’ push for rural medical colleges remains unsettled

The ongoing shortage of ‘bush doctors’ in regional Victoria and New South Wales has sparked discontent in public and professional opinions.

Discussion concerning the best way to address the scarcity of rural doctors continues. Supporters of a proposed Murray Darling Medical School are hoping that the rural origins of many influential parliamentary members will help sway the debate in their favour.

Acting Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, plans to present a speech on Thursday backing the establishment of remote facilities. However, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) argues that more facilities may simply equate to more financial and vocational strains.

Beliefs remain divided on whether the development of new institutions will effectively tackle the maldistribution of medical professionals.

Brian Woo Shik Kim

Read more from SMH and from ABC.

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