Budding GPs get a taste of bush life to combat remote doctor shortage

A unique medical program in the has found a simple way to combat a shortage of skilled GPs willing to work in the bush.

Giving students a taste of bush life early in their training means doctors are more likely to take up positions in remote areas later on in their careers, according to Flinders University.

The Northern Territory Medical Program, run through the university, allows medical students to complete part of their study in a remote community health setting, with a focus on Indigenous health exposure.

As part of the partnership, budding GPs spend four months at various hospitals, including in East Arnhem Land, around 900 kilometres from Darwin.

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