Continuing professional development for rural physicians: an oxymoron or just non-existent?
Internal Medicine Journal | Published : 2006
There is geographic maldistribution of physicians across Australia and their professional isolation, particularly in relation to continuing professional development, is a definite problem. It tends to be worse in smaller centres where there is no critical mass that allows for peer support. Although some academic research has been carried out concerning the needs of rural GP, none has targetted rural specialists. Several activities, including the Commonwealth-funded Support Scheme for Rural Specialists, have been well received and other initiatives, including the rural clinical schools and university departments of rural health, are beginning to provide an infrastructure that will help overco..View full abstract