Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

Centre for Social Research

Faculty

Community Services And Social Sciences

First Advisor

Emeritus Professor Alan Black

Second Advisor

Dr. John Duff

Third Advisor

Dr. Ann-Claire Larsen

Abstract

Rural general practice is general practice at its best: a comment by one GP interviewed for this study was echoed by colleagues who viewed their work in a rural setting as challenging, diverse, rewarding and satisfying. Despite reported difficulties associated with rural general practice, many GPs argued that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Few wanted to leave. Nonetheless, too few Australian trained GPs are willing to move from cities to work in the country. Consequently, overseas trained doctors have been recruited to fill vacancies or nurses provide health services in communities unable to attract a GP.