Why can’t we get permanent general practitioners for our country town?

Chee S Koh
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10201
Published online: 17 June 2013

To the Editor: A rural general practitioner’s workload is significantly larger than that of his or her urban colleagues, and this is attributable to work activities in rural public hospitals.1 A GP who provides after-hours on-call service to the community through the local hospital or emergency department is not only valued, but also more likely to be retained in the rural workforce.2 However, on-call commitments and the unrelenting nature of after-hours care can negatively affect professional and personal wellbeing, family life and opportunities to enjoy the rural location.3

  • Chee S Koh

  • Department of General Practice, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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