The attractiveness of Australia's rural and remote spine for health professionals 2001-2011

Dean Carson, Rob Porter

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the characteristics of health professionals who migrated to rural and remote South Australia and the Northern Territory (Australia’s ‘spine’) between 2001 and 2011. Data from the Census of Population and Housing are analysed for evidence of the impact of major events of that period (drought, mining boom, Northern Territory Emergency Response, Global
Financial Crisis etc.) on migration patterns and evidence of life course and personality influences on those who migrated into the spine, and where they chose to work. The paper argues that life course and personality are somewhat neglected factors in research into recruitment and retention of rural health
professionals, and the evidence from the Census provides some insights into how a more
comprehensive life course, personality, and migration model might be constructed and examined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th National Rural Health Conference
EditorsGordon Gregory
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
PublisherNational Rural Health Alliance
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1-921219-23-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventNational Rural Health Conference (NRHC 2013 12th) - Adelaide, SA, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 7 Apr 201310 Apr 2013
Conference number: 2013 (12th)


ConferenceNational Rural Health Conference (NRHC 2013 12th)
Abbreviated titleNRHC


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