Removing the roadblocks to medical and health student training in rural hospitals in Victoria.
AuthorJones, GI; Alford, KA; Russell, UJ; Simmons, D
Source TitleAust J Rural Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsJones, GI; Alford, KA; Russell, UJ; Simmons, D, Removing the roadblocks to medical and health student training in rural hospitals in Victoria., Aust J Rural Health, 2003, 11 (5), pp. 218 - 223
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OBJECTIVE: To assess the extent of undergraduate health student placements in regional hospitals in northern Victoria in 1999, prior to substantial changes in rural undergraduate medical education in Australia. METHOD: Cross sectional postal survey with telephone follow-up in north-east Victoria. Subjects were all 17 regional and rural hospitals involved in health student teaching in North-east Victoria. Main outcome measures were the numbers, duration and discipline of health students placements and reported barriers to such placements. RESULTS: Large regional hospitals accounted for two-thirds of all undergraduate health student placements. Smaller sites placed few allied health students. Barriers to a larger, more sustainable system of rural placements and rotations included accommodation shortages and funding constraints, particularly in smaller rural hospitals. CONCLUSIONS: Adequate resourcing of placements of a meaningful duration, stronger institutional support, and improved resourcing of regional accommodation is required to facilitate a larger, more systematic and sustainable system of medical and health student placements in rural areas.
KeywordsPrimary Health Care; Educational Policy; Administration and Management; Rural Health
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