Understanding the Decision to Relocate Rural Amongst Urban Nursing and Allied Health Students and Recent Graduates

Keith Sutton, Susan Waller, Karin Fisher, Annie Farthing, Katherine McAnnally, Deborah Russell, Tony Smith, Darryl Maybery, Matthew McGrail, Leanne Brown, Tim Carey

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report - ERA-eligiblepeer-review


Access to quality health care providers continues to be challenging in rural and remote regions of Australia with resultant gaps in health outcomes and life expectancy. There has been some focus on medical practitioner shortages in these areas, however there is limited understanding of how nursing and allied health students and early career practitioners choose locations to practice. This study aimed to provide additional information about the decision making process nursing and allied health students and recent graduates undertake when they consider rural and remote practice. This study extends an earlier exploration of medical students and junior doctors practice location decision making commissioned in 2014 by Rural Health Workforce Australia, namely Understanding the decision to relocate rural amongst Australian trained urban medical students and junior doctors. This study was also informed by a review of the Australian nursing and allied health rural and remote recruitment literature of the past 10 years.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewborough
PublisherMonash University Department of Rural Health
Commissioning bodyRural Health Workforce Australia
Number of pages138
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


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