The viability of general practice in rural Australia

Max Kamien
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb05964.x
Published online: 5 April 2004

Practical contributions towards solving the medical workforce problems of rural Australia

  • Discipline of General Practice, University of Western Australia, Claremont, WA.


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