How to boost the rural/remote health workforce? It’s not all about the dollars – Croakey – 10 September 2010

Posted on September 10, 2010. Filed under: Rural Remote Health, Workforce | Tags: , |

How to boost the rural/remote health workforce? It’s not all about the dollars – Croakey – 10 September 2010

“The World Health Organization has released the first global recommendations for improving the retention of health workers in remote and rural areas.

You might think from the way that we often discuss this issue that it is a peculiarly Australian problem, and one that simply requires us to pay rural doctors more. Wrong on both counts.”

…continues on the Croakey site

Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention: global policy recommendations – WHO 
Number of pages: 79
Publication date: July 2010
ISBN: 9789241564014

“Globally, approximately one half of the population lives in rural areas, but less than 38% of the nurses and less than 25% of the physicians work there. While getting and keeping health workers in rural and remote areas is a challenge for all countries, the situation is worse in the 57 countries that have an absolute shortage of health workers.

After a year-long consultative effort, this document proposes sixteen evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the recruitment and retention of health workers in underserved areas. It also offers a guide for policy makers to choose the most appropriate interventions, and to implement, monitor and evaluate their impact over time.”

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