Beyond the black stump: rapid reviews of health research issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia

Marianne H Gillam, Martin Jones and Esther May
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51167
Published online: 2 August 2021

In reply: We thank Versace and colleagues for their interest in our MJA supplement chapter1 and note and welcome their observation about the importance of using existing data sources to understand the location and distribution of health workers in Australia.

  • 1 Allied Health and Human Performance, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 Department of Rural Health, University of South Australia, Whyalla, SA
  • 3 Clinical and Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

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