The attractiveness of Australia’s rural and remote spine for health professionals 2001–11

The attractiveness of Australia’s rural and remote spine for health professionals 2001–11 Conference Paper

12th National Rural Health Conference: Strong Commitment Bright Future

  • Author(s): Dean Carson, Rob Porter
  • Published: 2013

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the characteristics of health professionals who migrated to rural and remote South Australia and the Northern Territory (Australia’s ‘spine’) between 2001 and 2011. Data from the Census of Population and Housing are analysed for evidence of the impact of major events of that period (drought, mining boom, Northern Territory Emergency Response, Global Financial Crisis etc.) on migration patterns and evidence of life course and personality influences on those who migrated into the spine, and where they chose to work. The paper argues that life course and personality are somewhat neglected factors in research into recruitment and retention of rural health professionals, and the evidence from the Census provides some insights into how a more comprehensive life course, personality, and migration model might be constructed and examined.

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Dean Carson, Rob Porter, 2013, The attractiveness of Australia’s rural and remote spine for health professionals 2001–11, Conference Paper, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3113.

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