While most of us living in metropolitan areas enjoy easy and affordable access to health care, for many living in remote areas it is a luxury they can only dream of. We take a look at why it is so difficult to recruit for medical staff in remote areas of Australia and New Zealand.
Australia has a medical problem. We have plenty of students graduating from universities with medical degrees – in theory enough to ensure the health and wellbeing of every Australian is well managed.
However, theory and reality do not always make for a perfect match and for Australians living in remote and rural areas of our vast country, the struggle to find medical staff who are willing to live and work in areas far from metropolitan centres is expected to remain an enduring problem.