Recruitment and retention of the rural health workforce

Projects in this area include the investigation of factors affecting the recruitment and retention of health professionals in regional, rural and remote centres. The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health has been a key player in the collection of data for the allied health workforce studies. Projects are ongoing in relation to the demographic characteristics and needs of the workforce in specific disciplines.

Publications include:

Brown L, Williams L, Capra S. Developing dietetic positions in rural areas: what are the key lessons? Rural and Remote Health (Online), 2012; [accepted for publication]

Keane S, Smith T, Lincoln M, Fisher K. Survey of the rural allied health workforce in New South Wales to inform recruitment and retention. Australian Journal of Rural Health 2011; 19(1): 38-44

Smith T, Fisher K, Keane S, Lincoln M. Comparison of the results of two rural allied health workforce surveys in the Hunter New England region of New South Wales: 2005 versus 2008; Australian Journal of Rural Health 2011; 19(3): 154-159

Brown L, Williams L, Capra S. Going rural but not staying long: recruitment and retention issues for the rural dietetic workforce in Australia.  Nutrition and Dietetics 2010; 67(4): 309-316

Meek R, Doherty S, Deans A. Factors influencing rural versus metropolitan work choices for emergency physicians. Emergency Medicine Australasia 2009; 21(4): 323-328

May J, Cooper R, Magin P, Critchley A.  Integrated models or mayhem?  Lessons learnt from three integrated primary health care entities in regional New South Wales.  Australian Health Review 2008; 32(4):595-604

Smith T, Cooper R, Brown L, Hemmings S, Greaves J. Profile of the rural allied health workforce in northern New South Wales and comparison with previous studies. Australian Journal of Rural Health 2008; 16(3): 158-163

Keane S, Smith T, Lincoln M, Wagner S, Lowe S. The rural allied health workforce study (RAHWS): background, rationale and questionnaire development. Rural & Remote Health (Online) 2008; 8: 1132

May J. Rural and Remote and Metropolitan Area 3: The forgotten RRMA.  Australia Journal of Rural Health 2007; 15(3): 216-217

May J, Jones P, Cooper R, Morrissey M, Kershaw G. GP perceptions of workforce shortage in a rural setting. Rural and Remote Health (Online), 2007, 7:720