Promoting the supply, distribution and sustainability of rural outreach services requires multilevel policy development and regional service planning
The need for more local specialist services to support rural communities is well established as a significant issue in Australia. Although the specialist workforce is growing, providers are increasingly choosing to subspecialise and work in metropolitan practice.1 Access to medical specialists in major cities is consistently high at 162.1 full-time equivalent specialists per 100 000 population, but diminishes for people living in inner or outer regional (82.7 and 61.5 per 100 000 respectively) and remote areas (34.2 per 100 000).2
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