Journal article

Caseload of general surgeons working in a rural hospital with outreach practice.

Nicole A Campbell, Stephen Franzi, Peter Thomas

ANZ Journal of Surgery | Wiley | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is little published data regarding the caseloads of general surgeons working in rural Australia conducting outreach services as part of their practice. It remains difficult to attract and retain surgeons in rural Australia. This study aims to describe the workload of surgeons working in a rural centre with outreach practices in order to determine the required skills mix for prospective surgeons. METHODS: A retrospective review of surgical procedures carried out by two surgeons over 5 years working from a base in Wangaratta, Victoria, with outreach services to Benalla, Bright and Mansfield was undertaken. Data were extracted from surgeon records using Medicare Benefits Sched..

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