Addressing general practice workforce shortages: policy options

Thistlethwaite, J. E., Leeder, S. R., Kidd, M. R. and Shaw, T. (2008) Addressing general practice workforce shortages: policy options. Medical Journal of Australia, 189 2: 118-121.

Author Thistlethwaite, J. E.
Leeder, S. R.
Kidd, M. R.
Shaw, T.
Title Addressing general practice workforce shortages: policy options
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2008-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 189
Issue 2
Start page 118
End page 121
Total pages 4
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Language eng
Abstract • There is an ongoing shortage of general practitioners in Australia, accompanied by a decline in the popularity of general practice as a career choice. • Many factors influence the career choice of junior doctors and medical students, including role models, the quality of clinical attachments during training, remuneration, and flexibility of training and working hours. • Evidence-based strategies that could increase the number of doctors choosing general practice as a career include longer and higher-quality general practice attachments during medical school and the early postgraduate years, and emphasising the positive aspects of general practice, such as flexibility. • General practice would become a more attractive choice if remuneration was in line with hospital specialties.
Keyword Medical-Student
Career Choice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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